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The Panther's Claw (1942)

Passed | | Crime, Mystery | 15 May 1942 (USA)
The police arrest a man climbing over the wall of a cemetery after midnight. He claims that he is being blackmailed and is following instructions he received by mail to leave $1000 on a ... See full summary »


William Beaudine


Fulton Oursler (story "The Perfect Crime of Mr. Digberry") (as Anthony Abbot), Martin Mooney (screenplay)


Cast overview, first billed only:
Sidney Blackmer ... Police Commissioner Thatcher Colt
Rick Vallin ... Anthony 'Tony' Abbot (as Ricki Vallin)
Byron Foulger ... Everett P. Digberry
Herbert Rawlinson ... District Attorney Bill Dougherty
Lynn Starr ... Miss Spencer
Barry Bernard Barry Bernard ... Capt. Edgar Walters
Gerta Rozan Gerta Rozan ... Nina Politza
Thornton Edwards Thornton Edwards ... Enrico Lombardi (as Joaquin Edwards)
John Ince ... Capt. Mike Flynn
Martin Ashe ... Officer Murphy
Walter James Walter James ... Capt. Tom Henry
Frank Darien Frank Darien ... Samuel Wilkins
Joseph DeVillard Joseph DeVillard ... Antonio Spogucci (as Joseph M. De Villard)
Jacques Vanaire Jacques Vanaire ... Guiseppe Bartarelli (as Jack Vanaire)
Willy Castello ... John Martin George (as William Castello)
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The police arrest a man climbing over the wall of a cemetery after midnight. He claims that he is being blackmailed and is following instructions he received by mail to leave $1000 on a certain grave. It turns out that he's not the only one who got a blackmail letter from the same person--calling himself "The Black Panther"--and it also turns out that all the recipients are connected to an opera company. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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The earliest documented telecast of this film in the New York City area was Thursday 3 June 1948 on WATV (Channel 13), which broadcast from Newark, New Jersey, and was the first independent television station in the New York City market. In Cincinnati it first aired Sunday 11 July 1948 on WLW-T (Channel 4), in Baltimore Saturday 18 September 1948 on WBAL (Channel 11), in Dayton Tuesday 22 March 1949 on WHIO (Channel 13), in Albuquerque Saturday 9 July 1949 on KOB (Channel 4), and in Atlanta Thursday 28 July 1949 on WAGA (Channel 5). Telecasts were delayed on the West Coast in order to protect the theatrical re-release which was still in progress at that time. It first aired in Los Angeles Monday 6 February 1950 on KTLA (Channel 5). See more »


Miss Spencer: Is he arrested?
Nicodemus J. Brown: That ain't Santa Claus walkin' along side of him!
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Entertaining for a Sunday Afternoon
3 April 2016 | by susanctooSee all my reviews

This is a cute blend of comedy and mystery as others have said. It is at least as good as a modern TV sitcom. I thought Byron Foulger did a great job as the suspicious character who just might be a bad guy. He is so addled being questioned by the police and so scared of his wife and 5 daughters it makes for a sympathetic and charming hero. The plot slowly bumps along with plenty of red herrings thrown around and more humour stirred in with the stereotyped black elevator operator doing the step and fetch it style humour good for a little chuckle. If hubby who really does not like B and W movies stayed interested, then that is enough to recommend it.

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15 May 1942 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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