The Unknown (1946 film)

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The Unknown
"The Unknown" (1946).jpg
Directed by Henry Levin
Produced by Wallace MacDonald
Written by Carlton E. Morse
Charles O'Neal
Dwight V. Babcock
Based on radio play Faith, Hope and Charity Sisters by Malcolm Stuart Boylan and Julian Harmon
Starring Karen Morley
Jim Bannon
Jeff Donnell
Narrated by Frank Martin
Music by Alexander Steinert (uncredited)
Cinematography Henry Freulich
Edited by Art Seid (as Arthur Seid)
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release date
4 July 1946 (US)
Running time
70 minutes
Country United States
Language English

The Unknown is a 1946 mystery film directed by Henry Levin made by Columbia Pictures as the third and final part of its I Love a Mystery series based on the popular radio program.[1] The previous films were I Love a Mystery (1945) and The Devil's Mask (1946).[2]


Relatives arrive for the reading of a will at a creepy mansion. Is someone is trying to murder Nina Arnold (Jeff Donnell) to claim a share of her grandmother's legacy, her grandmother who she never met? Could that someone be her emotionally unstable mother Rachel Martin (Karen Morley), from who she was taken when she was a baby? Investigators Jack Packard (Jim Bannon) and Doc Long (Barton Yarborough) are put on the case.


Critical reception[edit]

TV Guide gave the film two out of five stars, describing the film as "filled with all the things that are guaranteed to make audiences jump out of their seats, such as hidden passageways, a hooded grave robber, eerie shadows, and mysterious killings." [3]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "The Unknown". BFI. 
  2. ^ "The "I Love A Mystery" Movie Page". 
  3. ^ "The Unknown".