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I Love a Mystery (1945)

Approved | | Mystery | 25 January 1945 (USA)
Opening with a car crash and a decapitation, the story is told in flashback as Jack and Doc become involved with a man who tells them that he will die in just such a manner in three days' ... See full summary »

Director:

Henry Levin

Writers:

Charles O'Neal (screen play by), Carlton E. Morse (based upon the original radio program written by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jim Bannon ... Jack Packard
Nina Foch ... Ellen Monk
George Macready ... Jefferson Monk
Barton Yarborough Barton Yarborough ... Doc Long
Carole Mathews ... Jean Anderson
Lester Matthews ... Justin Reeves / Mr. G
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Storyline

Opening with a car crash and a decapitation, the story is told in flashback as Jack and Doc become involved with a man who tells them that he will die in just such a manner in three days' time. Of course there is a large amount of money involved, and also an Oriental cult, mysterious women, a peg-legged man, and many deaths. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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Taglines:

"WHEN THE TEMPLE BELLS TOLL FOUR TIMES...You will die!" (original print ad - mostly caps) See more »

Genres:

Mystery

Certificate:

Approved
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 January 1945 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Le campane suonano all'alba See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

First of three films based on the popular radio series, 'I Love a Mystery'. The next two were The Devil's Mask (1946) and The Unknown (1946). See more »

Goofs

When Monk gets the drop on Packard in the warehouse, a clear moving shadow of the boom microphone is visible on the piano lid. See more »

Quotes

Jefferson Monk: [after narrating his bizarre story of confronting "Mr. G.," the leader of the Baru-Kan secret society, who offered him $50,000 for his head] The whole thing sounds so preposterous!
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Connections

Followed by The Unknown (1946) See more »

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A MUST for those that remember the Radio productions.
15 November 2005 | by MNewbillSee all my reviews

The subtitle of this film is The Decapitation of Jefferson Monk. I think viewing this film is a MUST for anyone that actually heard the radio production of I Love A Mystery. When the film is viewed today, it is a decent mystery with a decent cast, BUT when it was viewed by a seven year old kid, it was just plain SCARY. I searched for this film for fifty years, not knowing what I was searching FOR. The opening scenes of the mysterious peg leg "decapitator" had stuck with me and I searched for a film with this character, until I stumbled onto the film, via IMDb. Try to find this film, you will enjoy it... and you would also enjoy the other two films in the series, The Unknown, and The Devil's Mask


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