Opened by Mistake (1940)

Genres - Comedy, Mystery  |   Run Time - 67 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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This zany comedy-mystery gets under way when wiseguy reporter Jimmie Daniels (Robert Paige) and tipsy sports editor Buzz Nelson (Charlie Ruggles) become joint owners of an oversized truck. Examining the contents, Jimmie and Buzz discover that the trunk contains a dead body. When mystery woman Margaret Nichols (Janice Logan) shows up to claim the trunk for herself, she is immediately suspected of murder. It turns out, however, that Margaret is an insurance investigator, tracking down a fortune in stolen loot. Forced to go on the lam from the cops, Jimmie and Margaret take refuge in the country home of daffy scientist Jarvis Woodruff (Lawrence Grossmith), where the mystery of the troublesome body is finally solved.

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chemistry, corpse, craziness, editor, fugitive, gambling, insurance, insurance-investigator, investigation, investigator, journalism, killing, murder, news, reporter, sports, tracking [following], trunk [car trunk]