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The Hat-box Mystery

The Hat-box Mystery(1947)

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The film opens with Tom Neal addressing the audience and introducing himself, Pamela Blake, Virginia Sale and Allen Jenkins. Their names are not written in the onscreen credits. According to the Variety and Daily Variety reviews, this film's plot was inspired by an incident that took place a year before on a New York City subway in which a sawed-off shotgun hidden in a package was used in an attempted murder. No specific information about the subway murder has been found. A Hollywood Reporter news item includes Paula Hill and Audrey Farr in the cast, but their participation in the final film has not been confirmed. Tom Neal also starred as detective "Russ Ashton" in Case of the Baby Sitter, which was made concurrently with this film and was also directed by Lambert Hillyer. Although no other "Russ Ashton" films were made, it is possible that Screen Art Picture Corp. originally intended to produce a full-fledged series with the character.