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Murder by Invitation (1941)
Topic Started: Jan 31 2016, 09:34 AM (182 Views)
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Murder by Invitation (1941) Dir. Phil Rosen

The greedy family of an old bat with $3 million stashed in cash in her mansion tries to have her committed to get their hands on her dough, after they fail, she invites them to spend the night, but at midnight, they start dying in various unpleasant ways. Is the old lady responsible, or is somebody else? Newsman Wally Ford and sidekick Herb Vigran will try 'n' figger it out.

Although the caricature of a movie director shows him carrying a riding crop and a megaphone, I'm forced to believe that Monogram directors actually carried a physical cookie cutter. A big old house with lots of rooms and secret panels, an unlikable cravenly hero who nonetheless gets the girl, stiffs falling out of closets, and a "joke" wrap-up with someone talking to us out here in the audience (those of us who are left) - have we not seen this many, many times?

This is actually one of the better ones, I guess.

Million-dollar Dialog:
Grandma, giving her opinion of her sanity hearing: "Why should I worry? I'm the only sane person in the family of nitwits."

Mr. Vigran, watching our romantic stars as the film fades to black at the end: "The Hays Office ain't gonna like that long kiss!"

Marian Marsh is the object of Mr. Ford's affections; Sarah Padden is the old lady; Dave O'Brien and Minerva Urecal are amongst the suspects or victims.

Another Monogram Picture.
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