The Man in the Trunk (1942)

Genres - Crime, Mystery  |   Run Time - 71 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Man in the Trunk is a variation on the "Topper" theme, with Raymond Walburn carrying the weight of the film as a restless ghost. Ten years before the story proper gets under way, bookie Jim Cheevers (Walburn) is murdered and his body is stuffed in a trunk. When the trunk is opened, all that remains is a pile of bones and only fragmentary clues as to the killer's identity. Young lawyer Dick Burke (George Holmes) hopes to use this flimsy evidence to clear his client, who has been sentenced to the electric chair for Cheevers' killing. With the help of the ghostly Cheevers, Burke manages to win a stay of execution, but the crime isn't solved until the murderer stupidly confesses. 20th Century-Fox contractee Lynne Roberts gets top billing as the nominal heroine, but the picture belongs to Raymond Walburn, who can get more laughs by clearing his throat than most comic actors can get by falling on their keesters.

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false-accusation, ghost, investigation, murder, bookie, killing, man, trunk [car trunk]