Midnight Warning

Midnight Warning

Director: Spencer Gordon Bennet

Cast: Spencer Gordon Bennet, William "Stage" Boyd, Claudia Dell, Huntly Gordon

     
 

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… See more details below

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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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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.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/27/2004
UPC:
0089218445094
Original Release:
1932
Rating:
NR
Source:
Alpha Video
Region Code:
0
Presentation:
[B&W]
Time:
1:03:00
Sales rank:
71,323

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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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