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Hat Box Mystery / Hollywood Mystery

A detective investigates a murder that his secretary has been blamed for & a film director hires a real gangster to portray a two-bit crook in a movie.
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 37 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 2005
  • Label: Alpha Video
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33

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Hat Box Mystery (1947; B&W; 43 MINUTES): Private investigator Russ Ashton is called away on business, leaving his secretary Susan Hart in charge of his floundering detective agency. While he's away, Susan takes an assignment from a man who wants photographic evidence of his wife's infidelity. He gives her a hatbox that he has rigged with a "camera" inside. In reality, the hatbox contains a gun, and Susan unwittingly shoots the woman. Russ returns to find Susan in prison, and with no leads as to the culprit's identity, sets out to dig up the truth and clear her name.

Hollywood Mystery (1934; B&W; 54 MINUTES): Fists and bullets fly when a dangerous scheme hatched by cocky Dan Ryan, a fast-talking Hollywood PR man, runs afoul of the mob. In a desperate effort to jump-start production of Supreme Pictures' latest gangster film, The Racketeer, Ryan convinces director Sigfried Sonoff to cast an actual mobster in the lead role. He plans to fool Sonoff by hiring an unknown actor to pose as a real gangster. Ryan's job gets complicated when the actor mistakenly punches out true-life mob boss Joe Romano. When revenge-driven Romano takes the star and the leading lady hostage, the make-believe world of The Racketeer suddenly becomes all too real.

Product Description:

Two black & white movies from the early part of the 20th century combine on this release.

HAT BOX MYSTERY: Chaos abounds when Russ leaves his secretary in charge of his detective agency, only to return and discover that she has accidentally killed a woman. Entering into a race against time to clear her name, Russ must draw on all his detective skills to get the job done.

HOLLYWOOD MYSTERY: Involvement with the mob is not to be taken lightly, as PR man Dan Ryan discovers when he fools a director into thinking he's about to cast a real-life mobster in a Hollywood film. Events turn nasty when some genuine mobsters get involved, leading to a tense climax to HOLLYWOOD MYSTERY.

Plot Keywords:

Murder | Murder Investigations | Mystery | Suspense | Thriller

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  • Sales Rank: 6,878
  • UPC: 089218476098
  • Shipping Weight: 0.17/lbs (approx)
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