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Find the Blackmailer (1943)       The Smiling Ghost (1941)

 Sh! The Octopus (1937)        The Hidden Hand (1942)

Mystery House (1938)       The Patient in Room (1938)

Haunted houses. Sinister sanitariums. Murder, suspense…and laughter are unleashed in this 3-Disc, 6-Movie Collection of Horror Mysteries. It’s an eclectic mix of stars (Ann Sheridan, Alexis Smith) in fast-paced, deftly-directed “B”-Movie gems, some adapted from noted mystery masters (including Mignon G. Eberhardt and Stuart Palmer) and all delivering thrills, chills and nostalgic fun. Whodunit? Crack open this Warner Bros. vault package and let the mystery solving begin!

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Just in time for Halloween, Warner Archives issues this collection of 6 horror mysteries from Warner Brothers Studios vaults. The set consists of 3 discs, each one with 2 movies, housed in a keep case. Titles included are:

Disc 1 - Find the Blackmailer and The Smiling Ghost
Disc 2 - Sh! The Octopus and The Hidden Hand
Disc 3 - Mystery House and The Patient in Room 18

From comic mysteries to serious whodunnits, these films have one or two spooky scene, although racist humor in The Smiling Ghost and The Hidden Hand is particularly jarring (both films feature under-appreciated Willie Best). Future noir femme fatale, Ann Sheridan, stars in two movies playing nurses, Mystery House and The Patient in Room 18. The progressive transfers are decent, taken from theatrical prints. 4 of the films feature window-boxed credits, but films themselves are not window-boxed. There are scratches and marks on all prints, with The Patient in Room 18 suffering the most, with almost every scene having some scratches.

The mono soundtrack is decent enough, but there are no trailers provided for these quickies or, per usual, subtitles. The chapters are 10 minutes apart for each film. This collection is a great bargain for any fan of 'B' pictures with 6 films for a listed price of $24.95 (even less during sales and promotions), so despite the less than stellar transfers for some films, the set is highly recommended.

  - Gregory Meshman

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directed by D. Ross Lederman
USA 1943

Theatrical Release: 6 November 1943 (USA)

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Warner Home Video

Region 0 - NTSC

Runtime 55:20
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1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 4.48 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

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Audio Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono (English)
Subtitles None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Warner Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• 6 movies on 3 discs

DVD Release Date: October 19, 2010
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directed by Lewis Seiler
USA 1941

Theatrical Release: 6 September 1941 (USA)

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Region 0 - NTSC

Runtime 1:11:03
Video

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 4.48 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

Audio Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono (English)
Subtitles None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Warner Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• 6 movies on 3 discs

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directed by William C. McGann
USA 1937

Theatrical Release: 14 December 1937 (USA)

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Runtime 54:12
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1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 4.67 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

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Audio Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono (English)
Subtitles None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Warner Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

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Chapters 6

 

 


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directed by Benjamin Stoloff
USA 1942

Theatrical Release: 7 November 1942 (USA)

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Runtime 1:06:40
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1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 4.67 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

Audio Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono (English)
Subtitles None
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Studio: Warner Home Video

 

Aspect Ratio:
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Chapters 7

 


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directed by Noel M. Smith
USA 1938

Theatrical Release: 21 May 1938 (USA)

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Runtime 56:22
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1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 4.86 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

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Audio Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono (English)
Subtitles None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Warner Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

DVD Release Date:

Chapters 6

  


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directed by Bobby Connolly, Crane Wilbur
USA 1938

Theatrical Release: 8 January 1938 (USA)

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Region 0 - NTSC

Runtime 59:12
Video

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 4.86 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

Audio Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono (English)
Subtitles None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Warner Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

DVD Release Date:

Chapters 6

 


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