The Panther's Claw

Overview

Magazine writer and editor Fulton Ousler's stern police commissioner Thatcher Colt came to the screen in April of 1942 courtesy of former investment broker Lester Cutler, veteran actor Sidney Blackmer, and cinematic hack William Beaudine (the latter living up to his nickname "One Shot" by assembling the whodunit within a week or so at Hollywood's Talisman Studios). Arrested for loitering in a cemetery, wigmaker and operetta company proprietor Everett P. Digberry (Byron Foulger) claims to have been lured there by ...
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Overview

Magazine writer and editor Fulton Ousler's stern police commissioner Thatcher Colt came to the screen in April of 1942 courtesy of former investment broker Lester Cutler, veteran actor Sidney Blackmer, and cinematic hack William Beaudine (the latter living up to his nickname "One Shot" by assembling the whodunit within a week or so at Hollywood's Talisman Studios). Arrested for loitering in a cemetery, wigmaker and operetta company proprietor Everett P. Digberry (Byron Foulger) claims to have been lured there by a blackmailer known only as the Black Panther. But as Colt and his lieutenant, Anthony Abbott (Rick Vallin), soon discover, the paw print on the blackmail note belongs to Digberry's own pet cat and when the wigmaker's secret inamorata, Nina Politza (Gerta Rozan), is found murdered, Digberry becomes the obvious prime suspect. But then a rival wigmaker is slain and suspicion turns to bombastic tenor Enrico Lombardi (Joaquin Edwards). But is he the killer? Or did someone else do the dirty deed? Despite a rather lavish ad campaign that promised more Thatcher Colt stories in the future, The Panther's Claw marked the fictional detective's only screen appearance.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Hans J. Wollstein
Although better known as a dyed-in-the-wool villain, Sidney Blackmer makes a fine detective in this surprisingly tense whodunit, which manages to keep its audience guessing almost to the end. William Beaudine must have enjoyed a moment of almost divine inspiration and The Panther's Claw avoids the cinematic gaffes that became this director's trademark. Heading the otherwise little-known supporting cast, perennial sourpuss Byron Foulger gets all he can out of his rather showy role as the film's main red herring.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/28/2006
  • UPC: 089218496690
  • Original Release: 1942
  • Source: Alpha Video
  • Region Code: 0
  • Presentation: B&W
  • Time: 1:11:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 70,631

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sidney Blackmer Sr. Thatcher Colt
Byron Foulger Everett Digberry
Rick Vallin Anthony Abbott
Herbert Rawlinson District Attorney
Lynn Starr Miss Spencer
Barry Bernard Edgar Walters
John Ince Capt. Flynn
Martin Ashe Officer Murphy
Walter James Capt. Henry
Technical Credits
William Beaudine Director
Fred Bain Editor
Lester Cutler Producer
Martin E. Mooney Screenwriter
Marcel Le Picard Cinematographer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Panther's Claw
2. Chapter 1 [9:17]
3. Chapter 2 [10:26]
4. Chapter 3 [8:58]
5. Chapter 4 [10:28]
6. Chapter 5 [21:20]
7. Chapter 6 [9:07]
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