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The Hat Box Mystery (1947)

Passed | | Short, Action, Comedy | 12 June 1947 (USA)
Susan Hart, assistant to private detective Russ Ashton, is given a camera concealed in a hat box and assigned to take a picture of a woman. A gun is accidentally hidden in the box and the ... See full summary »

Director:

Lambert Hillyer

Writers:

Carl K. Hittleman (screenplay), Don Martin (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Tom Neal ... Russ Ashton
Pamela Blake ... Susan Hart
Allen Jenkins ... 'Harvard'
Virginia Sale ... Veronica Hoopler
Leonard Penn ... Stevens
Olga Andre ... Marie Moreland
Tom Kennedy ... Police Officer Murphy
Al Hill ... Flint
Edward Keane ... District Attorney
Zon Murray ... Joe
Bob Nunes Bob Nunes ... Witness
Jack Cheatham ... Policeman
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Storyline

Susan Hart, assistant to private detective Russ Ashton, is given a camera concealed in a hat box and assigned to take a picture of a woman. A gun is accidentally hidden in the box and the woman is killed. Susan is charged with murder, but Russ and his less-than-useful associate, Harvard, get on the case and prove that the fatal shot was fired by the killer from across the street. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Like-a-Jack-in-the-Box----Murder jumped out and claimed its Victim! (original poster)


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Passed | See all certifications »
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Crazy Credits

The credits begin to roll in a normal fashion, with a picture of a hat box in the background. It stops, and Tom Neal is shown in his detective agency; He begins talking about the bills he is holding, then he introduces the other three main characters, who enter and act as if the camera was a real audience, and tell their names in the movie. Then he says, "Here's the rest of our cast," and it reverts back to the regular screen with a hat box in the background. See more »

Connections

Followed by The Case of the Baby Sitter (1947) See more »

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The box is the star!
28 November 2020 | by CinemaSerfSee all my reviews

Pamela Blake is "Susan", the assistant to PI Tom Neal ("Russ") whose business has rather hit the skids. Whilst he is away, she takes on a case trying to prove infidelity and using a hat box that, ostensibly, conceals a harmless camera she follows her target. Unfortunately, her snaps have a fatal consequence and she is charged with murder. It falls to "Russ" and his hapless helper "Harvard" (Allen Jenkins) to get to the bottom of it before "Susan" is toast. It's all just a routine B-drama with little jeopardy or menace, but it does have quite a few quite engaging scenes between "Harvard" and waitress "Veronica" (Virginia Sale) who offers him her body but he'd rather have a goose-burger.... It's short and sweet, and though pretty unremarkable, it does pass 45 minutes easily enough.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 June 1947 (USA) See more »

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Mono (RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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