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A Scream in the Dark (1943) DVD-R

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Starring Robert Lowery, Marie McDonald, Edward Brophy, Elizabeth Russell, Hobart
Cavanaugh, Jack La Rue
Directed by George Sherman

Print: black/white
Runtime: 53 min.
Genre: mystery
Print Quality: B

Newspaper reporter turned detective Mike, along with his partner Eddie Tough (who used to
be his photographer on the paper), and Mike's girlfriend Joan go after some business. She's
the daughter of the local police chief, so she can send him clients, is the idea.. The first
case he gets is a domestic investigation. Leo Stark's wife, Muriel has left him for another
guy, Gerald Messenger, a man who looks like an ex-pug. Mike finds her, and Messenger, in
an apartment, Eddie takes a photograph of them clutching each-other, and she agrees to
give Stark a divorce, and ten thousand dollars. While celebrating at a restaurant, Mike is
interrupted by a man, Mr. Norton, who claims that Muriel is really his wife. Mike establishes
that Norton had married her two years past, while Stark says he married her five years
before. But Norton isn't interested in getting rid of any legal tie with her, he wants her back.
Mike agrees to take the job. While he's trying to find her, Norton gets a phone call. He's told
that the caller knows where his wife is, and that the informant is waiting for his just around
the corner. Norton goes out to the street; a car drives up and parks behind him. A man gets
out, we see him only from the waist down. He is carrying a sword umbrella. He stabs Norton
in the back, killing him. Then someone shots Messenger to death. Just to make sure there
are enough bodies, Messenger's ex-girlfriend Stella gets bumped off as well. Next a new
ex-husband shows up at Mike's office, one Sam Lackey, from Texas. He offers to pay in
advance if Mike will help his find his wife. He saw her name in the newspapers. She's Muriel
Stark. Mike turns down the advance payment, he says it's unlucky--he tells Sam that his
wife is poison--people are being murdered all over the place because of her. Mike and Eddie
decide they'd better get to Stark, before he can be bumped off too. Meanwhile, Mike's
girlfriend Joan is working with her boss Police Detective Lieutenant Cross, to solve the
same murders. Will anyone solve the case before the entire human race is eradicated?

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