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Midnight Manhunt / The Amazing Mr. X

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Midnight Manhunt (1945) A gangster is shot in his hotel room and manages to make his way to a nearby wax museum, where he dies. A female reporter discovers the body and determines to break the case, but she must maneuver around a rival reporter--who happens to be her boyfriend--who also wants to break the case and the killer himself, who wants to find out where the body disappeared to. 62 Minutes The Amazing Mr. X (1948) On the beach one night, Christine Faber, two years a widow, thinks she hears her late husband Paul calling out of the surf...then meets a tall dark man, Alexis, who seems to know all about such things. After more ghostly manifestations, Christine and younger sister Janet become enmeshed in the eerie artifices of Alexis; but he in turn finds himself manipulated into deeper deviltry than he had in mind. 78 Minutes

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  • Actors: William Gargan, Ann Savage, Leo Gorcey, George Zucco, Turhan Bey
  • Directors: William C. Thomas, Bernard Vorhaus
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
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  • Studio: Grapevine Video
  • DVD Release Date: May 29, 2012
  • Run Time: 140 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003HFVX7Y
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #520,256 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Scott MacGillivray VINE VOICE on October 23, 2003
Format: DVD
This is one of Paramount's low-budget features produced by William Pine and William Thomas. As is customary with Pine-Thomas product, the cast is accomplished, the story is atmospheric, and the workmanship is efficient. The entire cast will be familiar to fans of old movies: William Gargan and Ann Savage as the bantering newspaper reporters trying to outscoop each other when a murder victim disappears, George Zucco as a velvet-voiced, dangerous killer, Leo Gorcey as comedy-relief office boy, Charles Halton as a worried museum curator, Don Beddoe as a frustrated detective, Paul Hurst as a bemused watchman, and George E. Stone as the missing corpse (always a fine actor: he doesn't say a word, but he expires eloquently). The pacing is good and the dialogue is snappy. The DVD derives from an old 16mm print that was very popular at some TV station -- there are frequent cue marks for station breaks, but thankfully no choppiness or serious damage. This has its own peculiar charm for movie addicts, because it looks just the way late-show movies used to look on television, before video and cable. It's an enjoyable hour for movie buffs.
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MIDNIGHT MANHUNT (1945) was a title with which I was unfamiliar, but the cast was impressive, so I selected it to round out my order. What I got for my $5 was an hour, missing from my life, that I can never, ever replace.

Okay, let's keep this short. George Zucco shoots some guy in a cheesy flophouse and takes a box of diamonds from him. The guy - who we find out later is "famous gangster" Joe Mills, missing for five years - isn't quite dead, and crawls to a nearby wax museum called the "Gangster Wax Musuem". No, I'm not kidding, and No, it's not supposed to be a joke. Anyway, a feisty female reporter (Ann Savage, of DETOUR fame) happens to live in an apartment above the wax museum, and coming home, she finds Mills' now quite dead corpse. She stashes it in the wax museum and runs upstairs to write the story. But William Gargan (a/k/a Martin Kane, Private Eye), a rival reporter and sometimes boyfriend of Miss Savage, snoops around and finds out what she's up to. As does a snoopy police lieutenant. And a snoopy night watchman. And Mr. Miggs, owner of the wax museum (played by the Bank Examiner from IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE). And Miggs' assistant, Clutch, played by Leo Gorcey, who thinks he's playing Slip Mahoney, a character that actually hadn't been invented yet ("We can figger dis out t'rough mental reduction"). Oh, and so does George Zucco, looking for the corpse he lost (Mr. Zucco, the film's star, does not have a line until 28 minutes have elapsed of the 61 minute film.) So they all chase each other around and the "comedy bits" consist of old Mr. Miggs constantly whining "I'm tired" and Clutch moidering da King's English and looking for a light for the cigar butts he picks up.
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Considering the picture on the DVD cover, I had wrongly assumed this was another film staring the fabulous George Zucco. Unfortunately, he is just a bit player at best in this ragged comedy of terrors. Zucco presence was sorely needed but conspicuously absent for most of this brief foray into a crime story of sorts. The story begins with a murder where the corpse gets up and walks away. The body is found several times by several people and promptly hidden in the oddest places as though that was the most logical thing to do. Two shiftless reporters each want the exclusive on the murder but instead of writing the story and turning it in first, they waste time trying to keep the body to themselves. It isn't long before the murderer shows up wanting the body back so he can dispose of it permanently. To say nothing of the dopes who have interfered and ruined his plans..............

Everyone except George Zucco vies to be the comic relief. One would have sufficed considering the material they had to work with. Of the bunch, Leo Gorcey is the most annoying. Even so, I found it moderately entertaining. I will watch it again someday so it's a keeper.
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When a man called Jelke, aging and with wild eyes, turns a resident of the fleabag Empress Hotel into a corpse, he causes a major problem. The resident was Joe Wells, the biggest noise in the rackets who had a five grand reward on his head. And the biggest problem is that Joe Wells has been dead for quite a while. The second biggest is that the corpse keeps moving around, especially within the dark, creepy Last Gangster Wax Museum. It's hard to tell who is a waxy, dead-eyed manikin and who is a waxy, dead-eyed Joe Wells. But before long two smart-mouthed, competing reporters who used to be an item are going to get the truth.

It only takes 63 minutes for this low-budget B programmer to race through the plot, find a killer, discover the mystery of the mobile body, uncover just why Joe Wells was so mobile, and bring two competing wiseacres to the realization that some forms of cooperation can be pleasurable.

Except for the actors, that's all there is to this brief and dull excursion into low budget comedy mystery. If you're old enough, some of the names, or at least the faces, might bring a smile of recognition. Leo Gorcey plays Clutch, a language-mangling fixer-upper who works in the museum. George E. Stone plays the corpse. Don Beddoe is a detective and Charles Halton is the tired, tired, tired owner of the museum. Halton specialized in roles where looking like a small, aging accountant was a plus. Just to remind us that most B movie actors were capable of something more, watch Gorcey in Dead End (1939), Beddoe in
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