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The Crime Nobody Saw US (1937)

Director: Charles Barton
Cinematographer: Harry A. Fischbeck
Editor:  James Smith
 'The Crime Nobody Saw'Screenwriter: Bertram Millhauser
Cast includes:
Dr. Brooks: Colin Tapley
John Atherton: Ferdinand Gottschalk
Robert Mallory: Howard Hickman
Suzanne Duval: Vivienne Osborne
William Underhill: Jed Prouty
Nick Milburn: Lew Ayres
Burke: Robert E. O'Connor
Kay Mallory: Ruth Coleman
Horace Dryden: Benny Baker
"Babe" Lawton: Eugene Pallette
Ambrosia (the maid): Hattie McDaniel

Source: stage play "Danger, Men Working"
60 min, Black & White.

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In this comical murder mystery, three playwrights use $500 in advance money to get an apartment in which to write a mystery for John Atherton. Several months later they haven't been able to produce a single page. A drunken neighbor staggers in and interrupts their brainstorming before passing out on the floor. Some $15,000 fall out of his pocket and after searching the content of his pockets they find a black book. This book contains names of well-known men and next to the names a sum of money is listed. The three playwrights then pretend that he is really dead and begin trying to figure out how it might have happened. They make up this story where the man is a blackmailer and they end up posing as policemen and doctor to call on the men in the book. Unfortunately, somewhere along the way, the drunk ends up dead for real and now the writers have some real work to do.
EQ collaborated on a play with Lowell Brentano; when, in February 1936 it died a quick death, it became "The Crime Nobody Saw" (referring to the three-act stage play, perhaps?). With a script by Bertram Millhauser (who worked on the Basil Rathbone Sherlock Holmes series) this comedy mystery sounds like it could be an interesting little film.  An adaptation appeared in
"Boys' Cinema" [# 929, October 2, 1937]

                             Ruth Coleman and Lew Ayres in  'The Crime Nobody Saw' Hattie McDaniel and Lew Ayres  in 'The Crime Nobody Saw'

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