One Body Too Many (1944)

One Body Too Many





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In this light-hearted mystery, an insurance salesman begins investigating a murder after he is mistaken for a famous gumshoe.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Horror, Mystery & Suspense, Classics, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Winston Miller, Maxwell Shane
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 15, 2005


as Albert L. Tuttle

as Carole Dunlap

as Merkil

as Matthews

as Atty. Gellman

as Henry Rutherford

as Jim Davis

as Estelle

as Margaret

as the Professor
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Forgettable Old Dark House mystery tale.

Full Review… | May 10, 2007
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Audience Reviews for One Body Too Many

First of all, I need to see this movie again, but I remember it being good. I saw this for Lugosi, and I think he was good in it, but like I said, I should see this again.

Aj V

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I love these old "stuck in a house with an unknown murderer" type of horror/detective/comedy things. While I was reminded a lot of "House on Haunted Hill", One Body Too Many has its own neat vibe, thanks largely to the bumbling insignificance of Albert Turttle, our star and main point of view.


The preamble to the will of a wealthy man is read to a group who look to benefit. Some will receive $1.50 and others $500,000, but no one knows who gets what until the reading after the dead man's burial (in a glass tomb!). They all must remain in a spooky mansion ("old dark house") until the reading, and people start to get bumped off. Cliched 40s horror/comedy, but still very enjoyable (with Lugosi doing his scary butler character well). The presence of an insurance salesman offered some good jokes with all the death around, but should have been used more.


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