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The Checkered Coat

The Checkered Coat(1948)

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Brief Synopsis

Psychiatrist Dr. Michael Madden (Tom Conway) is visited by a man, Steve "Creepy" Bolin (Hurd Hatfield), wearing a weird checkered coat, and when Madden learns that Creepy is subject to death-like trances and the fear of being buried alive, Madden concludes Creepy is obviously a psychopath (at least, until a real one comes along)with possible criminal tendencies. When leaving, Creepy tells Madden he is a friend of the doctor's no-good brother Fred (Marten Lamont),while also throwing a few sinister-and-leering glances in the direction of Madden's wife Betty (Noreen Nash.) Madden wastes no time in notifying the police to pick up Creepy, evidently on a general nuisance charge of looking like Dorian Gray. But Creepy is also sneaky and eludes the police and, when next seen, he and Fred are robbing the Anson Jewelry store across the street from Dr. Madden's office and he shoots and kills both the owner (John Hamilton) and his son (Fred Browne) in the process. Dr. Madden hears the shots and rushes over but is slugged by Creepy and he and no-good Fred carry off Madden in their get-away. The police show up and immediately tab Dr. Madden as the prime suspect based, evidently, on him having an office across the street.

Cast & Crew

Edward L. Cahn Director
Tom Conway Dr. Michael Madden
Noreen Nash Betty Madden
Hurd Hatfield Stephen "Creepy" Bolan
James Seay Captain Dunhill
Garry Owen Prince
Marten Lamont Fred Madden
Frank Cady Skinner
Russell Arms Dr. Stevenson
Lee Bonnell Dr. Pryor
Julian Rivero Café proprietor
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Additional Details

MPAA Ratings:  Premiere Info:  Los Angeles opening: 16 Jul 1948
Release Date:  1948 Production Date:  UCLA 16mm
Color/B&W:  Black and White Distributions Co:  Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp.
Sound:  Mono Production Co:  Belsam Productions, Inc., Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp.
Duration(mins):  67 Country:  United States
Duration(feet):  6,018    
Duration(reels):  7    

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