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One Frightened Night


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An eccentric millionaire gathers together his greedy relatives intending to give away his fortune. Murder and mayhem ensue in his spooky mansion.

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  • Actors: Charley Grapewin, Mary Carlisle, Arthur Hohl, Wallace Ford, Lucien Littlefield
  • Directors: Christy Cabanne
  • Writers: Stuart Palmer, Wellyn Totman
  • Producers: George Yohalem, Nat Levine
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Alpha Video
  • DVD Release Date: October 7, 2003
  • Run Time: 66 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000AGWK2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,280 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "One Frightened Night" on IMDb

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Tim Janson HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 23, 2004
Format: DVD
One Frightened Night cannot hope to aim for the heights set by the more well known "Old Dark House" but for a cheapie released by "Mascot Pictures" it's not too bad.

An eccentric millionaire Jasper Whyte, unable to locate his only granddaughter, decides to divide his estate among a group of people less close to him: his niece and nephew, his attorney, his doctor, and his housekeeper. But complications and murder arise when two different women turn up, claiming to be the granddaughter.

Typical "reading of the will" type fare. The crotchety Jasper surprises his relations by promising them all $1,000,000, barring the return of wayward granddaughter Doris Waverly before midnight-- but come the witching hour, Jasper finds he must choose between two young women claiming to be the grown up Doris.

The movie does have a bit of that poverty row look to it but still rises above most others in the genre with some great atmosphere and strong performances. Among the co-stars are Wallace Ford, who would later co-star in two of Universal's Mummy movies As Babe Jensen and Hedda Hopper who would become Hollywood's leading gossip columnist.

Quite a well-done murder/Old Dark House Mystery. Surprisingly good!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Bobby Underwood VINE VOICE on June 20, 2006
Format: DVD
This little "B" gem from Mascot Pictures, one of the "Poverty Row" studios who specialized in low-budget fillers for double-bills, is quite entertaining. While the storyline sounds familiar the execution is done with humor and flair, and an excellent cast.

It all begins on a dark, stormy night as Jasper Whyte (Charley Grapewin) reveals to his servants and relatives that he is giving them each one million dollars. Since his long-missing granddaughter, Doris Waverly, is the only one who could throw a monkey-wrench into the plan, their inheritance seems assured.

But Doris shows up, of course, in the form of Evalyn Knapp. As the old man dotes on her, grateful for her sweet return, the rest of the household fumes. Things take a u-turn when a second Doris Waverly (Mary Carlisle), an actress not nearly as passive as the first, appears right on her heels.

Before the first Doris can be exposed as an imposter, she is murdered and we have ourselves an old dark house murder mystery. Sheriff Jenks (Fred Kelsey) isn't that much help when he shows, nor is Doris' pal from the stage, the "Great Luvalle (Wallace Ford). Tom Dean (Regis Toomey), the easygoing and fun-loving member of the clan, takes a real shine to the second Doris (Mary Carlisle) and decides to do a little detecting.

An attempt on Doris' life by poison blowdart adds to the fun in this easy to like "B" mystery. This is great entertainment for late at night when you can't sleep. Famous gossip columnist Hedda Hopper plays the part of Laura Proctor in this one, for a little added nostagia.

Many of these "B" films are just slow-moving imitations of the real thing, but this one has some snappy dialog and a fun atmosphere to recommend it, not to mention a fine cast. A good rainy night time killer.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Tee on May 21, 2011
Format: DVD
ONE FRIGHTENED NIGHT has to be one of the ten best films made at a "poverty row" studio during the 1930's. To fill up the public's insatiable need for movies back in the 1930's, not only did the major studios grind out hundreds of pictures a year but several small studios were also cranking out films by the score, albeit with their low-budgets and generally no-name casts and background talent, the films were far less entertaining or memorable. One of the very best films made on this bread-and-butter circuit however is ONE FRIGHTENED NIGHT, an excellent mystery with more than a little comedy in the CAT AND THE CANARY tradition of spooky goings on in an "old dark house" to quote the title of another film of the genre. There are no big names in the film but it is loaded with familiar faces fans of films from the era will recognize who often played secondary roles in films at the major studios.

Charley Grapewin stars as an ailing, elderly multi-millionaire who rather loathes his lot of hanging-on relatives and associates but has no one else to leave his money to, his estranged daughter now deceased and the whereabouts of his only grandchild long unknown. Grapewin decides to give five of the group $1 million each before his death given the upcoming new estate tax laws will eat up much of their inheritence. The leeches are thrilled with the news but the ill-humored Charley bluntly tells them if he knew where his granddaughter was they wouldn't be getting a dime and she would get it all. And who should happen to show up later that evening but Doris, the granddaughter!! The former heirs are devastated by her appearance as she and grandpa sneak off to get better acquainted.
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This is one of those public domain "$5 from Alpha releases".
You GET what you GOT when you get one of their releases.
I give this movie a 5, but the condition of the transfer rates 2.
It averages out to a three... for ME. But I LOVE stormy night,
old haunted house[with secret passages], and fake monsters,
with a will being read; murders throughout; from start to finish.
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