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Candles at Nine (1944)

| Mystery
A rich but miserly old man taunts his relatives about who will get his money when he dies, and is soon mysteriously murdered. It turns out that he has left his estate to a beautiful young ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Eliot Makeham ... Everard Hope
Beatrix Lehmann ... Julia Carberry - Everard's Housekeeper
John Salew John Salew ... Griggs - Everard's Butler
Joss Ambler Joss Ambler ... Garth Hope
Vera Bogetti Vera Bogetti ... Lucille Hope - Garth's Wife
Andre Van Gyseghem Andre Van Gyseghem ... Cecil Tempest
Winifred Shotter ... Brenda Tempest - Cecil's Wife
Reginald Purdell Reginald Purdell ... Charles Lacey
Hugh Dempster Hugh Dempster ... Hugh Lacey
Jessie Matthews ... Dorothea Capper - Heiress
John Stuart ... William Gordon - Turf Commission
Ernest Butcher Ernest Butcher ... Eveard's Gardener
C. Denier Warren C. Denier Warren ... Middleton - Executor
Patricia Hayes Patricia Hayes ... Gewndolyn - Maid
Gerry Wilmot Gerry Wilmot ... The Compere


A rich but miserly old man taunts his relatives about who will get his money when he dies, and is soon mysteriously murdered. It turns out that he has left his estate to a beautiful young actress whom the other relatives didn't know was related to him. Several attempts on her life are thwarted by a detective, who sets out to discover who's behind the scheme to kill her. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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I'd Like to Share With You
Music by Harry Parr Davies (as Harry Parr-Davies)
Lyrics by Harold Purcell
Performed by Jessie Matthews (uncredited)
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Flickering Flame
5 January 2012 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

If you're an ardent Jessie Matthews fan you will like Candles At Nine because Jessie does get to do one song and dance number. But other than that this is one very confused film. It seems like it might have started out as a satire on these inheritance murder stories, but got lost on the way.

As is typical in these stories old Elliot Makeham has gathered his closest relatives for a reading of a rather sarcastic will. After putting them all down including his Mrs. Danvers like housekeeper Beatrice Lehman and butler John Salew, Makeham reads that the fortune which he acquired through some shady means is going to a young performer played by Jessie Matthews who is not present. Later that night Makeham is killed during a false alarm panic over a supposed fire.

But for Matthews to inherit everything she has to stay in the creepy old house with the creepy old staff for a month. Why do people write such nonsense in wills? Still that allows Lehman and Salew to do their dirty work.

Candle At Nine is one confused film that should have stuck to being a murder mystery or gone for broader satire. As it is it's not that good in either genre.

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