One Body Too Many

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One Body Too Many
DVD Cover
Directed by Frank McDonald
Produced by William H. Pine
William C. Thomas
Written by Winston Miller
Maxwell Shane
Starring Jack Haley
Jean Parker
Maxine Fife
Bela Lugosi
Music by Alexander Laszlo
Cinematography Fred Jackman Jr.
Edited by Henry Adams
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date
  • November 24, 1944 (1944-11-24)
Running time
75 minutes
Country United States
Language English

One Body Too Many is a 1944 comedy-mystery film directed by Frank McDonald, starring Bela Lugosi and Jack Haley.


A timid insurance salesman Albert L. Tuttle (Jack Haley) visits eccentric millionaire Cyrus J. Rutherford, intent on selling him a $200,000 insurance deal. Instead he finds that Rutherford has recently died and his mansion is now full of relatives who are, according to the will, all bound to remain in the mansion until a glass-domed vault is constructed on the roof, to house the deceased millionaire who was an ardent follower of the stars. Tuttle is mistaken for a private detective sent to guard the body, and once the confusion is cleared up and the real detective fails to show, he is convinced by Rutherford's niece Carol Dunlap (Jean Parker) to remain and ensure that the body is not stolen. If the body should be buried any place other than the vault, the will states that recipients who would receive the largest request will receive the smallest, and vice versa. One of the recipients plans to reverse the will in their favor, hide the body and kill anyone who gets in their way. Unfortunately for mild-mannered Tuttle, he is directly in the way of the killer, and the rest of the conniving family.


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