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I Love a Mystery  /  The Unknown

I Love a Mystery
February 26, 2016 - 7:30 pm

I Love a Mystery  (1945)

An eerie prophecy of death, a mysterious peg-legged lurker and a nearly fatal encounter with a flaming dessert drive a man to enlist detectives Jack Packard and Doc Long in preventing his unhappy fate. With a secret religious order, a million-dollar inheritance and a wheelchair-bound wife also in the mix, I Love A Mystery’s jam-packed plotlines evoke its lively radio antecedent.

16mm, b/w, 69 min. Production: Columbia Pictures Corp. Distribution: Columbia Pictures Corp. Producer: Wallace MacDonald. Director: Henry Levin. Based on the radio series created by Carlton E. Morse. Screenwriter: Charles O’Neal. Cinematographer: Burnett Guffey. Editor: Aaron Stell. With: Jim Bannon, Nina Foch, George Macready, Barton Yarborough, Carole Mathews.

The Unknown  (1946)

The death of a domineering Kentucky matriarch gathers her heirs at their decaying ancestral home in this Southern Gothic–tinged mystery based on the radio story “The Thing That Cries In The Night.”  Accompanying granddaughter Nina for the reading of the will, Jack and Doc protect her from a series of malevolent mishaps while unraveling the secrets of the mouldering mansion.

35mm, b/w, 70 min.  Production: Columbia Pictures Corp.  Distribution: Columbia Pictures Corp.  Producer: Wallace MacDonald.  Director: Henry Levin.  Based on the radio series created by Carlton E. Morse.  Screenwriter: Malcolm Stuart Boylan, Julian Harmon.  Cinematographer: Henry Freulich.  Editor: Arthur Seid.  With: Karen Morley, Jim Bannon, Jeff Donnell, Robert Scott, Barton Yarborough.