Lively, entertaining reviews of, and essays on, old and newer films and everything relating to them, written by professional author William Schoell.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

CRIME DOCTOR'S MAN HUNT

CRIME DOCTOR'S MAN HUNT (1946). Director: William Castle.

A man is stabbed to death and a woman at a shooting gallery at the carnival seems to know more about it than she's telling. The victim walks into a certain house and then seemingly vanishes. Can Dr. Ordway, the Crime Doctor (Warner Baxter) get to the bottom of it? This is an acceptable mystery (with a somewhat obvious solution) that is greatly abetted by the participation of William "Fred Mertz" Frawley and the ever-delightful and unique -- and uncredited -- Olin Howlin (pictured) as Marcus LeBlaine. Howlin, of course, had interesting roles in Them and The Blob (first victim), among others. Ellen Drew also has an interesting role.

Verdict: Passable minor mystery. **1/2.

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