Thursday, December 20, 2018

MOOM PITCHER REVIEW! BERMUDA MYSTERY starring Preston Foster and Ann Rutherford (20th Century Fox, 1944)

Once again proof that these thirties/forties cheap crankout b-films have more action, fun, stamina and just plain goodness 'n anything being shown on what passes for tee-vee today! Ann Rutherford plays this deceptively scatterbrained gal who believes that her uncle was murdered even though the coroner said he passed on due to heart failure. Turns out that unca was part of a group of World War I soldier pals who each put ten thou into a trust with the surviving members splitting up the goodies a good quarter century later or something like that. It's rather peculiar that her unc would expire so near to the Big Day, and it turns out that the rest of the survivors are slowly getting killed as well, usually right after they lit up a cigarette that was given to them from a fancy engraved box.

Preston Foster plays the private dick who takes the case on the eve of his wedding to a particularly shrewish gal who seems so draconian next to Rutherford, all the while being trailed by the usually one step behind the action dumb policeman seen in these crankers, this time played by Richard Lane. Of course the action builds and moves and thankfully this is occasionally played for laughs, but yet it's gonna keep ya on your toes trying to guess who exactly was the one out to off his fellow pals with poisoned cigarettes.

So entertaining that I kinda wonder why they even make moom pitchers and tee-vee shows these days. BERMUDA MYSTERY's got the action 'n suspense not forgetting the relief-giving light moments, and best of all you don't have to worry about the usually not so occult messages that are being pounded into yer skull every other minute like ya do even when watching a douchebag commercial. Give your un-conscious mind a break and watch this flicker as soon as you can lay your paws on it. Come to think of it, give your consciousness a break when watching BERMUDA MYSTERY as well!

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