The Midnight Warning

Overview

Inspired, it was stated at the time, by a real event, this minor but well-made Poverty Row mystery features Claudia Dell as Enid Van Buren, a young girl who checks into Apartment A at the Clarendon Arms Hotel with her brother, Ralph, and fiancée Erich (John Harron). But Ralph mysteriously disappears and to Enid and Erich's bafflement, no one at the hotel seems to remember his presence. Enter noted investigator William Cornish (William "Stage" Boyd), who, for one, takes the girl seriously and promises to help. But...
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Overview

Inspired, it was stated at the time, by a real event, this minor but well-made Poverty Row mystery features Claudia Dell as Enid Van Buren, a young girl who checks into Apartment A at the Clarendon Arms Hotel with her brother, Ralph, and fiancée Erich (John Harron). But Ralph mysteriously disappears and to Enid and Erich's bafflement, no one at the hotel seems to remember his presence. Enter noted investigator William Cornish (William "Stage" Boyd), who, for one, takes the girl seriously and promises to help. But neither Cornish nor his personal Dr. Watson, Dr. Steven Walcott (Hooper Atchley), can prevent someone from luring Enid to a nearby mortuary where corpses suddenly seem to come to life. As it turns out, the owners of both hotel and mortuary are covering up a deathly secret, a secret that would mean their ruination should it become public.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Hans J. Wollstein
According to an oft-told tale, a young man disappeared without a trace during the 1893 Chicago World's Fair. Decades later, Alexander Woolcott penned a story for the New Yorker, The Most Maddening Story in the World, which itself became the genesis for a 1947 novel and a 1951 British film, both entitled So Long at the Fair. And just like the later and much better-known Dirk Bogarde thriller, The Midnight Warning's main attraction is its confounding mystery. Spencer Gordon Bennet, in one of his infrequent departures from serials, does a fine job directing a ramshackle cast of B-movie regulars that includes the confusingly named William "Stage" Boyd (a moniker given lest anyone should mistake him for the handsome silver-haired matinee idol of the same name) and, in a rare non-villainous performance, Hooper Atchley. Leading lady Claudia Dell, according to Bennet, was so inexperienced that she actually knocked herself unconscious performing a fall in the quite scary mortuary sequence. The traumatic episode remains clearly visible in the film.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/27/2004
  • UPC: 089218445094
  • Original Release: 1932
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  • Source: Alpha Video
  • Region Code: 0
  • Presentation: B&W
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:03:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 59,993

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bill Boyd William Cornish
William "Stage" Boyd William Cornish
Claudia Dell Enid Van Buren
Huntly Gordon Mr. Gordon
John Harron Erich
Hooper Atchley Dr. Stephen Walcott
Lloyd Whitlock Rankin
Phillips Smalley Dr. Brown
Lloyd Ingraham Adolph Klein
Henry Hall Dr. Barris
Lon Poff
Technical Credits
Spencer Gordon Bennet Director
Norman Battle Original Story
Jules Cronjager Cinematographer
John T. Neville Screenwriter
Byron Robinson Editor
Lee Zahler Musical Direction/Supervision
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Chapter 1 [9:57]
2. Chapter 2 [10:36]
3. Chapter 3 [10:26]
4. Chapter 4 [12:11]
5. Chapter 5 [10:17]
6. Chapter 6 [8:26]
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