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Mysterious Intruder (1946)

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61 min | Film-Noir, Mystery

The fifth entry in the Columbia series based on the CBS radio program, "The Whistler", opens with kindly old music store owner Edward Stillwell (Paul E. Burns) hiring private detective Don Gale (Richard Dix) to find a girl Stillwell hasn't...See moreThe fifth entry in the Columbia series based on the CBS radio program, "The Whistler", opens with kindly old music store owner Edward Stillwell (Paul E. Burns) hiring private detective Don Gale (Richard Dix) to find a girl Stillwell hasn't seen in seven years. Gale sends Freida Hanson (Helen Mowery') to pose as the missing Elora Lund (Pamela Blake), and she learns that some items left by Elora's mother are now extremely valuable before Harry Pontos (Mike Mazurki) comes into the room and kills Stillwell. He also kidnaps Freida but releases her when Don announces she is an impostor. With Freida's help, Gale locates Pontos' apartment, who is shot down in a gun battle with the arriving police. Gale returns to his place but is arrested by detectives Taggart and Burns and jailed. The detectives later find the real Elora, who has been in a sanitarium recovering from an accident. Gale is released and Elora is sent by the detectives to see if he will disclose why Stillwell was looking for her. Gale, planning to cheat her, tells her what the secret treasure is. Gales disappears and becomes the object of a manhunt when he is wrongfully accused of killing Freida, who has been killed by James Summers, her apartment manager, who has also discovered the secret. Joan Hill, Gale's secretary, locates and warns him about the police. He tells her he is going to the record store to find some recordings made by Jenny Lind worth $200,000. Written by Les Adams See less
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Writer
Eric Taylor (story and screenplay)
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Updated Apr 11, 1946

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Apr 11, 1946 (United States)

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27 cast members
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Richard Dix
Don Gale Don Gale   See fewer
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Barton MacLane
Detective Taggart Detective Taggart   See fewer
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Nina Vale
Joan Hill - Gale's Secretary Joan Hill - Gale's Secretary   See fewer
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Regis Toomey
James Summers James Summers   See fewer
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Helen Mowery
Freda Hanson Freda Hanson   See fewer
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Mike Mazurki
Harry Pontos Harry Pontos   See fewer
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Pamela Blake
Elora Lund Elora Lund   See fewer
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Charles Lane
Detective Burns Detective Burns   See fewer
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Paul E. Burns
Edward Stillwell Edward Stillwell   See fewer
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Kathleen Howard
Rose Denning Rose Denning   See fewer
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Harlan Briggs
Mr. Brown Mr. Brown   See fewer
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Jessie Arnold
Woman in Window (uncredited) Woman in Window (uncredited)   See fewer
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Stanley Blystone
Henry - Second Cop (uncredited) Henry - Second Cop (uncredited)   See fewer
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Jack Carrington
Bartender (uncredited) Bartender (uncredited)   See fewer
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Eddy Chandler
Cop in Squad Car (uncredited) Cop in Squad Car (uncredited)   See fewer
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Kernan Cripps
Kelly - First Cop (uncredited) Kelly - First Cop (uncredited)   See fewer
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Edith Evanson
Mrs. Ward (uncredited) Mrs. Ward (uncredited)   See fewer
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Otto Forrest
The Whistler (voice) (uncredited) The Whistler (voice) (uncredited)   See fewer
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Martin Garralaga
Detective (uncredited) Detective (uncredited)   See fewer
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Selmer Jackson
Dr. Connell (uncredited) Dr. Connell (uncredited)   See fewer
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Charles Jordan
Desk Clerk (uncredited) Desk Clerk (uncredited)   See fewer
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Donald Kerr
Reporter (uncredited) Reporter (uncredited)   See fewer
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Joe Palma
Police Guard Outside Stillwell's Store (uncredited) Police Guard Outside Stillwell's Store (uncredited)   See fewer
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Arthur Space
Davis - Summers' Henchman (uncredited) Davis - Summers' Henchman (uncredited)   See fewer
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Dan Stowell
Reporter (uncredited) Reporter (uncredited)   See fewer
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Harry Strang
Police Desk Sergeant (uncredited) Police Desk Sergeant (uncredited)   See fewer
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Isabel Withers
Miss Gordon - PBX Operator (uncredited) Miss Gordon - PBX Operator (uncredited)   See fewer
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6.6 / 10 | 401 votes