Who's Guilty?

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Who's Guilty?
Who's Guilty? FilmPoster.jpeg
Directed by Howard Bretherton
Wallace Grissell
Produced by Sam Katzman
Written by Ande Lamb
George H. Plympton
Starring Robert Kent
Amelita Ward
Tim Ryan
Jayne Hazard
Minerva Urecal
Charles B. Middleton
Music by Lee Zahler
Cinematography Ira H. Morgan
Edited by Earl Turner
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release date
13 December 1945
Running time
15 chapters (? min)
Country  United States
Language English

Who's Guilty? is a 1945 American film serial. It was the 28th of 57 serials released by Columbia Pictures. Who's Guilty? was a rare attempt at a whodunit mystery film in serial form. The serial's villain (The Voice) was designed to look like The Shadow on the poster. The film co-starred some well-known actors, such as Charles Middleton, Wheeler Oakman and Minerva Urecal. Robert Kent played the lead role of Detective Bob Stewart.

Plot[edit]

Walter Calvert (Clark) calls upon his brother Henry at his eerie old house and demands a share of the family fortune, threatening to kill Henry if he doesn't get it. Within days, Henry's car goes over a cliff. Bob Stewart (Kent), a detective Henry asked to investigate the matter if he should die, begins his investigation and Duke Ellis, a newspaper reporter friend, is with him. Bob meets the family at its mansion and questions Henry's sister, his half-brother, his nephew and his nephew's bride, along with Ruth Allen (Ward), whose father was in business with Henry. Henry's brother Patton (Middleton) and a shadowy figure known as The Voice plan to kill all the relatives and divide the fortune. As the murder attempts multiply, Bob, Ruth and Duke endeavor to track down the masterminds and bring them to justice.

Cast[edit]

Critical reception[edit]

In the opinion of Cline, Robert Kent, as Police Investigator Bob Stewart was the only sane characterisation. The serial was a "complicated melange of victims and suspects...[Other characters] seemed lost in a swirl of plots, counterplots and cross plots that none of them could understand."[1]

Chapter titles[edit]

  1. Avenging Visitor
  2. The Unknown Strikes
  3. Held For Murder
  4. A Killer at Bay
  5. Human Bait
  6. The Plunge of Doom
  7. A Date with Fate
  8. Invisible Hands
  9. Fate's Vengeance
  10. The Unknown Killer
  11. Riding to Oblivion
  12. The Tank of Terror
  13. White Terror
  14. A Cry in the Night
  15. The Guilty One

Source:[2]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Cline, William C. (1984). "5. A Cheer for the Champions (The Heroes and Heroines)". In the Nick of Time. McFarland & Company, Inc. p. 78. ISBN 0-7864-0471-X. 
  2. ^ Cline, William C. (1984). "Filmography". In the Nick of Time. McFarland & Company, Inc. p. 242. ISBN 0-7864-0471-X. 

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Preceded by
Jungle Raiders (1945)
Columbia Serial
Who's Guilty? (1945)
Succeeded by
Hop Harrigan (1946)