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The Panther's Claw

The Panther's Claw(1942)

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The working title of this film was Shake Hands with Murder, which was also the title of Anthony Abbot's original story. The The Exhibitor review noted that the story for this film was adapted from a story originally published in Liberty magazine, for which Abbot (pseudonym of Fulton Oursler) was an editor from 1931 to 1942. The Motion Picture Herald review noted that this film marked the "first of a contemplated series for PRC" based on Abbot's "Thatcher Colt" mysteries. However, this film appears to be the only entry in the proposed series. The film opens with the following written foreword: "This picture is dedicated to the New York Police Department with its thousands of loyal and courageous men for meritorious service to its community." According to information in the MPAA/PCA Collection at the AMPAS Library, the character of "Enrico Lombardi" was initially written as a Spanish baritone named "Rodriquez." The character was changed to an Italian singer after the PCA protested that the "unfavorable characterization" of the "Spaniard" was unacceptable, as it "would unquestionably give widespread offense to the Latin American nations...and jeopardize the Good Neighbor policy of our government." This was the first feature film produced by Motion Picture Associates, Inc., a production company created by former investment broker Lester Cutler.