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Tell No Tales (1939)

Passed | | Crime, Mystery, Drama | 12 May 1939 (USA)
Michael Cassidy is the editor of a failing newspaper. A scoop would be welcome to boost the sales and to avoid closure. To this end, he decides to personally track down a gang of kidnappers.

Director:

Leslie Fenton

Writers:

Lionel Houser (screenplay), Pauline London (based on a story by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Melvyn Douglas ... Michael Cassidy
Louise Platt ... Ellen Frazier
Gene Lockhart ... Arno
Douglass Dumbrille ... Matt Cooper (as Douglas Dumbrille)
Florence George ... Lorna Travers
Halliwell Hobbes ... Dr. Lovelake
Zeffie Tilbury ... Miss Mary
Harlan Briggs ... Davie Bryant
Sara Haden ... Miss Brendon
Hobart Cavanaugh ... Charlie Daggett (as Hobart Cavanagh)
Oscar O'Shea ... Sam O'Neil
Theresa Harris ... Ruby
Jean Fenwick ... Mrs. Lovelake
Esther Dale ... Mrs. Haskins
Joseph Crehan ... Chalmers
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Storyline

Michael Cassidy is the managing-editor of a small newspaper which is about to be closed down by its new owner, Matthew Cooper, who owns another newspaper in the city and only bought the second one to get rid of the competition. There has been a kidnapping in the city and Cassidy gets one of the hundred-dollar-bills, paid in ransom, at a saloon and begins to trace the bill backwards step-by-step to get to the kidnappers. He is aided by Ellen Frazier, a schoolteacher, who is the only eye-witness. Each step leads to a miniature drama of it own to...to the widow, Ruby Alley, at the wake of her dead prizefighter-husband...to the owner of a gambling house, Arno, who discovers that his brother, the cashier of the casino, is involved in the kidnapping...to a husband who is not thrilled to learn his wife ahas been cheating on him...before he finds the kidnappers. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Crime | Mystery | Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 May 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Hundred to One See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This film's initial television broadcast in Los Angeles took place Tuesday 25 December 1957 on KTTV (Channel 11), followed by Philadelphia 21 July 1958 on WFIL (Channel 6), by San Francisco 1 January 1959 on KGO (Channel 7), and, finally by New York City 24 September 1960 on WCBS (Channel 2). See more »

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Charlie Daggett: [to prospective mother-in-law] Okay, that suits me fine, just fine. Stupid little nincompoop, eh? Well that suits me fine. I'm tired of you shoving me around, you sour-pussed old battleaxe!
[turns to fiancee]
Charlie Daggett: Yes, and you, too!
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Opening card: This exhibit commemorates the 75th year of the publishing of the Evening Guardian. See more »

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A surprisingly entertaining little mystery and crime drama, with good performances.
24 October 1999 | by Art-22See all my reviews

Watch this film if only to see black actress Theresa Harris in a dramatic role. I am so used to see her playing maids in films of the 30's that it was a refreshing change of pace and a revelation. She can act! Her home was one of many to which star Melvyn Douglas was led in his effort to track down the owner of a $100 bill that was part of a ransom payment after a kidnapping. Actor Leslie Fenton's first directorial effort is also a well-paced 69-minute crime and mystery drama, packing lots of sleuthing by Douglas, endangering himself and the only witness (Louise Platt) to the kidnapping. I was glued to the story and was biting my nails during the exciting ending. Well worth watching.


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