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Believing that the body of Alice Ross, found hanging in a disreputable hotel and pronounced as suicide by Police Lieutenant Strom (Thomas E. Jackson) and Police Inspector Layman (Morgan Wallace) might be that of wealthy Kathryn Crawford (Parricia Ellis), private detective Bill Crane (Preston Foster) and his assistant "Doc" Williams (Farnk Jenks) hurry to the scene, Shortly after their arrival, the body disappears and the morgue keeper is found killed, Strom and Layman suspect that Crane had something to do with both incidents. Before Crane gets the case unraveled, he gets knocked in the head with a bottle by a pretty blonde, arouses the ire of a jealous band leader, Sam Tayolr (Roland Drew), and traces the missing body to a cemetery and returns it to the morgue.Written by
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In 1937, Universal entered into a deal with Crime Club, a publisher of popular pulp mysteries, allowing it to select up to four of its books annually for production as B-pictures. The Crime Club series was produced by Irving Starr. This was the third of eleven novels produced under the deal. See more »
1938's "The Lady in the Morgue" was the third Crime Club from Universal, and the second to feature Preston Foster as Detective Bill Crane, with Frank Jenks as his sidekick Doc Williams. An attractive blonde suicide disappears from the morgue, with Crane, on assignment to identify the missing corpse, under suspicion for the murder of the morgue attendant; meanwhile, Chauncey Courtland ('Wild Bill' Elliott) is searching for his missing sister, and two different gangsters are putting the squeeze on Crane, each one hoping his girl isn't the missing blonde. Considering all the subplots going on things wrap up nicely, moving at a fast clip, with witty wisecracks galore, particularly when Crane is told to go down to the morgue: "think they'll take me?" Guaranteed to keep one guessing, and easily the best of the 3 Crane titles (preceded by "The Westland Case," followed by "The Last Warning"). The next Crime Club would be "Danger on the Air."
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