The Hat Box Mystery (1947)





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After the secretary of private eye Tom Neal is fooled into committing murder, he must save her from prison in this remarkably brief (just 44 minutes) feature.
Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Tom Neal
as Russ
Allen Jenkins
as Harvard
Virginia Sale
as Veronica

Critic Reviews for The Hat Box Mystery

All Critics (1)

A snappy murder mystery story with many shortcomings.

Full Review… | May 1, 2007
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Audience Reviews for The Hat Box Mystery

The ditzy secrtary (Blake) of a financially struggling detective (Neal) tries to take a case of her own, and ends up framed for murder. Her boss must, once again, work a non-paying job in order to clear her name. "The Hat Box Mystery" is a simple-minded who-dunnit that fails as both a comedy and a mystery. The leads (Neal and Jenkins) are really too good for this film, which has virtually nothing to recommend it. The ONLY interesting this about the film is the way the actors intorduce themselves and their characters at the beginning of the film. It's an interesting device, and I don't think it's ever been done quite the same way before or since. The Hat Box Mystery Starring: Tom Neal, Allen Jenkins, Pamela Blake, and Leonard Penn Director: Lambert Hillyer

Steve Miller
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