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Argentinian One Sheet
Released: April 11, 1946
|Directed by |
Richard Dix .... Don Gale
Barton MacLane .... Det. Taggart
Nina Vale .... Joan Hill
Regis Toomey .... James Summers
Helen Mowery .... Freda Hanson
Mike Mazurki .... Harry Pontos
Pamela Blake .... Elora Lund
Charles Lane .... Det. Burns
Paul Burns .... Edward Stillwell
Kathleen Howard .... Rose Denning
Harlan Briggs .... Brown
Suggested by the
Columbia Broadcasting System Program
Director of Photography
Rudolph C. Flothow
US One Sheet
(Working Title: Murder Is Unpredictable)
Title Lobby Card|
Edward Stillwell (Paul Burns), kindly old music store owner, visits
the office of Don Gale (Richard Dix), private investigator. Stillwell
tells Gale that he wishes to have a girl named Elora Lund (Pamela, Blake),
traced. It is seven years since he last, saw her. The' qirl's
mother had just died and Elora was then fourteen years old. Gale tells
Stillwell that if the girl is alive she can be found, but that it will
take money. The old man tells Gale that he has only a hundred dollars.
Unwilling to tackle the job for so little money, Gale is about to
dismiss him, but changes his mind when Stillwell remarks that Elora
Lund will pay him any sum for bringing her and Stillwell together.
Stillwell refuses any further information except that he has placed an
ad in the personal columns of the newspapers to locate the girl.
"If you breath a word of this, I'll..."
Three days pass and Stllllwell hears no word from Gale. Then, in the evening,
he receives a surprising visitor, a tall, good-looking, blonde (Helen Mowery).
She enters the store not knowing that she was followed by a huge, brutish man,
Pontos (Mike Mazurki), who edges up to the window and slyly peers in. '.
The blonde, Freda Hanson, convinces Stillwell that she is Elora Lund.
"Here's where the fiend
made his first mistake!"
The old man tells her he has tried to get in touch with her because among
all the odds and ends and antiques that her mother used to being into
his store for him to sell, there is an item which if found will bring a fortune,
He refuses to go further and tells her to wait while he phones the detective he
has engaged to find her. As he leaves he unknowingly leaves the store door
Pontos sneaks in and walks down the basement steps as Freda remains
in the back room. When Stillwell returns he gives her a newspaper clipping to
read which explains why she is a potentially rich young woman, Pontos comes up
from the basement grabs and strikes him. As Stillwell falls the girl screams.
Pontos tells her to shut up and pushes her, outside with him.
"A monstrous killer is
trapped in his own lair!"
Gale finds Burns' body, phones police, and tells reporters that the girl
who was there is not the real Elora Lund. Actually, he had hired her to
impersonate Elora in the hope of thus learning Stillwell's secret.)
He hopes that newspaper statements that she is not Elora will cause the
kidnapers to release her. Gale then goes to Freda's apartment, finds her there
and demands she reveal the murderer and tell him what Stillwell divulged as the
secret treasure. After she has given him a fair description of Pontos they are
surprised by a knock on the apartment door. Summers (Regis Toomey),
the apartment manager, secretly in league with Freda but afraid she is
doublecrossing him, says there is too much noise and that Gale will have
Gale makes Freda leave with him and they drive to'the section of the
city where, Pontos had previously taken her from the store, he tells
her to remain in the car and walks up to Pontol's house and sneaks in. Before
he can do much foraging around, he is startled by sounds of loud pounding
and voices yelling for Pontos to come out. Before Pontos wakes up,
Gale swings out through a window and amidst a hail (of) police gunfire drops
down to the around. After,running througb several yards he finally reaches
the car and Freda drives him away.
"You'll do as I say or
you'll not be doing anything more!"
"An officer unwittingly assists a
killer in making his getaway!"
Detectives Taggert (Barton Maclane) and Burns (Charles Lane), who had been
trailing Pontos, visit Gale's apartment and accuse him of being the man who
jumped through the window at the Pontos house. They take him to jail on a
housebraking charge.They later go to Beechwood Sanitarium where they have located
the real Elora Lund. The detectives get her promise to go back to town with them
to see Gale and attempt to find out why Stillwell was advertising for her.
The next day, after being released from jail, Gale comes to his office and his
secretary (Nina Vail) tells him the real Elora Lund is waiting to see him.
Gale, though planning to cheat her tells her what the secret treasure is and that
it is rightfully hers and that he wants to help her get it, all in a legal way,
but that she must keep away from the police for a few days. Gale also disappears
and becomes the object of a great manhunt, being wrongfully accused in the m
eantime of Freda's murder. She has been killed by Summers, after he discovers her
secret. Gale's secretary finally finds him in a bar and warns him police are
after him. He tells her he is going to the music store to find a couple of Jenny
Lind wax recordsings that are supposed to be worth $200,000. Gale says Freda's
murderer knows aboutthem too and he hopes to meet him there. In disguise, he
gains entrance to the Stillwell store basement. He hears voices and sees dimly,
the figures of Summers and an accomplice opening up packing cases and suitcases.
While Gale watches Summers, discovers a tin box which holds the two cylindrical
wax records. They start out, he steps up and confronts them. They volunteer to
split all the profits with him. While they are arguing, the police raid th,cellar.
During the gun play, Gale has obtained the tin box but is shot by detective Burns
and is killed. Before striking Gale, the bullets fired by Burns pierced the tin
box and ruined the invaluable records.
"Put your hands up and come quietly...
I've got you cornered!"
"Two men... two guns...
shoot it out in the shadows!"
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