Who Killed Aunt Maggie? (1940)

Genres - Comedy, Mystery  |   Sub-Genres - Whodunit  |   Run Time - 70 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Based on a novel by Medora Field, Who Killed Aunt Maggie? would appear to be an attempt by Republic Pictures to launch a new series of comedy-mysteries a la MGM's The Thin Man. When a much-despised matriarch (Elizabeth Patterson) is murdered-or apparently murdered-all of her relatives and "friends" fall under suspicion. Sheriff Gregory (Edgar Kennedy) is the official investigator, but most of the clue gathering is done by amateur sleuths Kirk Pierce (John Hubbard) and Wendy Barrie (Sally Ambler). The plot hinges on that old standby, the "hidden room". Who Killed Aunt Maggie? is consummately produced, but this sort of fare wasn't really Republic's forte.

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killing, aunt, detective, house, investigation, murder, private-detective