The Man Who Wouldn't Die

Synopsis: In the shadows of the night Dudley Wolff (Paul Harvey), his secretary Alfred Dunning (Robert Emmett Keane), and his doctor, Haggard (Henry Wilcoxon), bury a body in the estate cemetery. At the house, Wolff's daughter Catherine (Marjorie Weaver) arrives unexpectedly and tells her step-mother Anne Wolff (Helene Reynolds that she has just been married to Roger Blake (Richard Derr) who will be along in a few days. Cathy retires and is awakened by a mysterious assailant who fires a shot at her, but her parents tell her she was just dreaming. Wolff goes to the cemetery and finds the body missing. The scared Cathy calls in fast-talking private detective Mike Shayne (Lloyd Nolan) and, since her father doesn't like detectives, she introduces him as her husband. That evening Shayne hears a shot and finds that Haggard has been killed. While the police are questioning the family, the lights go out and a shot is fired from outside.
Genre: Crime, Mystery
Director(s): Herbert I. Leeds
Production: 20th Century Fox Film Corporation
65 min

- Oh, now, now.

- A ghost. I saw him.

He had a gun in his hand.

There isn't any ghost in there.

You must have been dreaming.

Oh, I wasn't dreaming. He had a gun

in his hand, and he fired at me.

- We didn't hear a shot.

- I tell you he fired at me. He did.

If he took a shot at you,

there'd be a bullet hole.

- And there's none here.

- There. You see, dear?

It's probably just the storm.

You go back to bed, Dudley.

I'll take care of her.

Come, dear. Try and get some sleep.

I wish you'd believe me. He was standing

right there in that doorway, and I saw him.

Don't leave me alone, please.

- You told me he was dead.

- But he was dead.

Then how the devil

did he get out of this grave?


- Mike, please stop clowning. This is serious.

- You don't like it?

I couldn't tell you everything

over the telephone.

What's it this time? You tryin'

to snag a husband or unload one?

- It's worse than that. It's murder.

- Hmm?

- Well, anyway, an attempted murder.

- Well, go ahead. Let's have it.

All right.

I'll tell you on the way

up to the house.

Just climb right in, Miss Wolff.

And I told Dad I'd seen this ghost,

but he wouldn't believe me.

- What about the shot? Didn't he hear that?

- Nobody heard it.

Because just as the ghost fired at me,

there was a terrific crash of thunder.

Oh. What'd your dad say

when you showed him the bullet?

Well, that was the funny thing.

There wasn't a sign of a bullet.

Hey, now wait a minute. You say

that this ghost took a shot at you...

- and there was no sign of a bullet?

- Yes.

You sure it wasn't Cupid

with his little bow and arrow?

- Mike, I'm not kidding.

- Uh-uh.

I've handled a lot

of screwy scrapes for you.

But not this one.

No, thanks.

- Why not?

- For a very good reason. I don't believe in ghosts.

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Arnaud d'Usseau

Arnaud d'Usseau (April 18, 1916 – January 29, 1990) was a playwright and B-movie screenwriter who is perhaps best remembered today for his collaboration with Dorothy Parker on the play The Ladies of the Corridor. more…

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