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The Panther's Claw (1942)

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Sidney Blackmer stars as Anthony Abbott's analytical police commissioner Thatcher Colt in this above-average PRC murder mystery. When spiteful opera star Nina Politza (Gerta Rozan) is murdered backstage, Colt endeavors to prove the innocence of the troupe's wigmaker, Everett Digberry (Byron Foulger). The foremost suspect is drunken tenor Endico Lombardi (Joaquin Edwards), but Colt isn't discounting the less guilty-looking members of the troupe. As the clues are pieced together, Colt comes to a startling conclusion, one which manages to make him "right" and "wrong" all at once. The beauty of The Panther's Claw is its exploitation of the Hollywood typecasting system: the actual murderer is played by one of those actors who never had the intestinal fortitude to "do it" in any previous movie-mystery appearance.

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Cast

Sidney Blackmer
as Thatcher Colt
Byron Foulger
as Everett Digberry
Rick Vallin
as Anthony Abbott
Ricki Vallin
as Anthony Abbott
Gerta Rozan
as Nina Politza
Herbert Rawlinson
as District Attorney
Lynn Starr
as Miss Spencer
Barry Bernard
as Edgar Walters
John Ince
as Capt. Flynn
Martin Ashe
as Officer Murphy
Joaquin Edwards
as Endico Lombardi
Walter James
as Capt. Henry
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