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The Hidden Hand (1942)

Approved | | Comedy, Horror, Mystery | 7 November 1942 (USA)
Peter Thorne (Craig Stevens)is a young attorney who works for an eccentric old woman, Lorinda Channing (Cecil Cunningham), who uses her insane brother, John Channing (Milton Parsons), to ... See full summary »

Director:

Benjamin Stoloff (as Ben Stoloff)

Writers:

Anthony Coldeway (screenplay) (as Anthony Coldewey), Raymond L. Schrock (screenplay) (as Raymond Schrock) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Craig Stevens ... Peter Thorne
Elisabeth Fraser ... Mary Winfield
Julie Bishop ... Rita Channing
Willie Best ... Eustis the Chauffeur
Frank Wilcox ... Dr. Lawrence Channing
Cecil Cunningham ... Lorinda Channing
Ruth Ford ... Estelle Channing
Milton Parsons ... John Channing
Roland Drew ... Walter Channing
Tom Stevenson Tom Stevenson ... Horace Channing
Marian Hall Marian Hall ... Nurse Eleanor Stevens
Inez Gay Inez Gay ... Hattie (as Inez Gary)
Kam Tong ... Mallo
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Storyline

Peter Thorne (Craig Stevens)is a young attorney who works for an eccentric old woman, Lorinda Channing (Cecil Cunningham), who uses her insane brother, John Channing (Milton Parsons), to frighten her other relatives because they are after her money. Further complications arrive when another murderer arrives on the scene and plants the blame on John Channing. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 November 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Noche de terror See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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(1934). Stage Play: Invitation to a Murder. Mystery/melodrama. Written by Rufus King. Directed by A.H. Van Buren. Theatre Masque: 17 May 1934- Jul 1934 (closing sate unknown/53 performances). Cast: Walter Abel (as "Dr. Linton"), Humphrey Bogart (as "Horatio Channing"), Edgar Charles, Sherling Oliver, Walter Plinge, Jane Seymour, James Shelburne, Gale Sondergaard (as "Lorinda Channing"), William Valentine, Juan Varro, Daphne Warren-Wilson. Produced by Ben Stein. Note: Filmed by Warner Bros. as The Hidden Hand (1942). See more »

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Eustis the Chauffeur: The ghost got the nurse lady by the neck!
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Better Than Most
24 November 2018 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

This is an example of the Dark and Stormy Night motif. A maniac from an insane asylum escapes and makes his way to the house of his wealthy sister. Once there, she enlists him in playing a nasty prank on several heirs to her fortune. She uses a drug to make her look dead with the idea of being revived later. This will force the vultures to attack one another. Meanwhile, the nut case brother begins a little killing spree. The down side is the black servant who is treated like dirt. Of course, he is a mass of stereotypes, typical of the time period.


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