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I Killed That Man (1941)

Passed | | Mystery | 28 November 1941 (USA)
A condemned murderer on the eve of his execution decides to tell the authorities who hired him to commit the murder. However, he's killed by a poison dart in front of a roomful of officials... See full summary »


Phil Rosen


Henry Bancroft (screen play by), Leonard Fields (original story by) | 1 more credit »


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Cast overview:
Ricardo Cortez ... Roger Phillips
Joan Woodbury ... Geri Reynolds
Pat Gleason Pat Gleason ... Bates
George Pembroke George Pembroke ... Lowell King
Iris Adrian ... Verne Drake
Herbert Rawlinson ... Prison Warden
Ralf Harolde ... Nick Ross
Jack Mulhall ... Collins
Vince Barnett ... Drunk
Gavin Gordon ... J. Reed
John Hamilton ... District Attorney
Harry Holman ... Lanning
George P. Breakston ... Tommy


A condemned murderer on the eve of his execution decides to tell the authorities who hired him to commit the murder. However, he's killed by a poison dart in front of a roomful of officials and reporters before he can divulge the name. An assistant district attorney and a pretty newspaper reporter team up to discover the "mystery man" behind the murders. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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MURDER in the DEATH HOUSE! - Surprise Hit of the Year! The sensation-packed story of a murder committed right before the eyes of a roomful of crime experts and reporters!




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28 November 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Yo soy el asesino See more »

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This film received its earliest documented telecast Monday 7 August 1944 on New York City's pioneer television station WNBT (Channel 1). Post-WWII television viewers got their first look at it in New York City Friday 4 June 1948 on WCBS (Channel 2), in Cleveland Thursday 21 October 1948 on WEWS (Channel 5), in Chicago Thursday 6 January 1949 on WBKB (Channel 4), and in Los Angeles Tuesday 8 February 1949 on KTLA (Channel 5). See more »


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Phil Rosen Keeps It Going
13 July 2009 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

On his way to receive a final toast - in the electric chair! - condemned Ralf Harold (as Nicholas Ross) pauses to let the assembled witnesses know he's going to give away the identity of a fellow criminal. But, just as he is about to reveal the crook's name, Mr. Harold is stricken by a deadly poison dart. District attorney Ricardo Cortez (as Roger Phillips) and attractive "Chronicle" reporter Joan Woodbury (as Geri Reynolds) sift through the suspects, banter romantically, and try to solve the murder. You've seen this kind of picture before, but the tired storyline in "I Killed That Man" is enlivened by its cast and crew.

Director Phil Rosen and his star, Mr. Cortez, were silent screen veterans (they'd worked together) who found less success after the advent of talking motion pictures; but, their skills are clearly evident, as they make the most of this quickly produced, low-budget film. Today, Mr. Rosen is not well-remembered; but, he worked on some of the most important Hollywood films of the teens and twenties (many are lost). Cortez reached a popularity peak in 1926, after working on films with Greta Garbo and D.W. Griffith. The supporting cast does very well, and Ms. Woodbury is a thoroughly charming leading woman.

****** I Killed That Man (11/28/41) Phil Rosen ~ Ricardo Cortez, Joan Woodbury, George Pembroke

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