The Scarf (1951)

Genres - Drama, Mystery, Thriller  |   Release Date - Apr 6, 1951 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 93 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Mercedes McCambridge plays a singing waitress named Cash-and-Carry Connie in The Scarf. This alone should be enough to keep the viewer's interest, but in fact the film has much to please the eye and ear. John Ireland stars as John Barrington, an escapee from a institution for the criminally insane. Actually, Barrington is not a looney tune, but instead the victim of an insidious plot orchestrated by a clever murderer. The only person who believes Barrington's story is turkey-farmer Ezra Thompson (James Barton), who hides Our Hero from the authorities. Things really get hopping when the aforementioned Connie unwittingly provides the clue that will prove Barrington's innocence. Co-starring in The Scarf is Emlyn Williams as an all-too-cooperative psychiatrist. The film was directed by E. A. Dupont, whose American career never quite scaled the heights of his years in the German film industry.

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asylum [mental hospital], clue, craziness, false-accusation, farming, hidden, hideout, innocence, investigation, killing, mental-institution, mental-patient (escaped), murder, name-clearing, psychiatry, strangler