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Who Killed Aunt Maggie? (1940)

Approved | | Crime, Mystery | 1 November 1940 (USA)
Radio mystery script writer Sally Ambler is about to be married, then gets into a quarrel with her intended Kirk Pierce after he finds the story she wrote too contrived. The wedding is put ... See full summary »

Director:

Arthur Lubin

Writers:

Stuart Palmer (screenplay), Frank Gill Jr. (additional dialogue) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview:
John Hubbard ... Kirk Pierce
Wendy Barrie ... Sally Ambler
Edgar Kennedy ... Sheriff Gregory
Elizabeth Patterson ... Aunt Maggie Ambler
Onslow Stevens ... Bob Dunbar
Joyce Compton ... Cynthia Lou
Walter Abel ... Dr. George Benedict
Mona Barrie ... Eve Benedict
Willie Best ... Andrew
Daisy Lee Mothershed Daisy Lee Mothershed ... Bessie
Milton Parsons ... Mr. Lloyd
Tom Dugan ... Trooper Leroy
William Haade ... Trooper Curtis
Joel Friedkin Joel Friedkin ... Coroner Dodson
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Storyline

Radio mystery script writer Sally Ambler is about to be married, then gets into a quarrel with her intended Kirk Pierce after he finds the story she wrote too contrived. The wedding is put off when a telegram from her Aunt Maggie arrives from Atlanta to let Sally know that her Uncle Charlie has died. Sally is followed to Atlanta after a phone call from a Dr. Benedict warns Kirk of danger lurking for Sally when she gets there. Sally discovers that her uncle's corpse is missing and he might have been murdered. Sally is the sole heir after Aunt Maggie is strangled, and her cousin Eve ends up dead as well after finding a secret room. A cache of priceless jade jewelry is involved as it is revealed how Dr. Benedict has been behind the plot. After he is apprehended just in time, Sally and Kirk return home, then begin arguing again during their wedding ceremony over what kind of mystery plot is too unbelievable. Written by Lloyd Purvis

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Genres:

Crime | Mystery

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 November 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Le manoir de la peur See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (edited)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Disappointing

I'm a fan of "Old House" movies and, when i heard about THIS one, i tried to get it for a long time.

When i finally DID, i was very disappointed. It's easy to spot the murderer, but that's not what makes it so disappointing.

This film has a top-notch cast - Eliz Paterson, Willie Best, Joyce Compton, Milton Parsons, Wendie Barrie, etc -- ALL veteran "Old House" actors. AND, a screenplay by the fantastic Stuart Palmer!

But, the movie drags on & on, with the usual "cut phone wires", "cars put out of commission", etc.....it would've benefited from some real SCARES.

It drags along, to an ending that doesn't make much sense. Don't waste your time on THIS one, unless you're a die-hard fan!


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