Dangerous Intruder (1945)

58 or 61-62 mins | Drama | 21 September 1945

Director:

Vernon Keays

Producer:

Leon Fromkess

Cinematographer:

James Brown

Editor:

Carl Pierson

Production Designer:

Edward C. Jewell

Production Company:

PRC Pictures, Inc.
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HISTORY

The working title of this film was The Intruder . According to a HR news item, some scenes were filmed in Pasadena, ... More Less

The working title of this film was The Intruder . According to a HR news item, some scenes were filmed in Pasadena, CA. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
25 Aug 1945.
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Daily Variety
30 Jul 45
p. 3.
Film Daily
6 Aug 45
p. 6.
Harrison's Reports
4 Aug 45
p. 122.
Hollywood Reporter
28 Mar 45
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
30 Mar 45
p. 10.
Hollywood Reporter
6 Apr 45
p. 12.
Hollywood Reporter
30 Jul 45
p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
21 Apr 45
p. 2418.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
4 Aug 45
p. 2578.
The Exhibitor
25 Jul 45
p. 1757.
Variety
21 Nov 45
p. 18.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod
WRITERS
Orig story
Orig story
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
ART DIRECTOR
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
Set dec
COSTUMES
Ward des
MUSIC
SOUND
MAKEUP
Makeup
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod mgr
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
The Intruder
Release Date:
21 September 1945
Production Date:
30 March--early April 1945
Copyright Claimant:
PRC Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
21 November 1945
Copyright Number:
LP416
Duration(in mins):
58 or 61-62
Length(in feet):
5,751
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

After stranded show girl Jenny is struck unconscious by a speeding car while hitchhiking to New York, she awakens in a strange mansion. Jenny soon learns that the house belongs to Max Ducane, the man whose car hit her. Ducane, a collector of ancient ceramics, insists that Jenny remain in his home until she recuperates and introduces her to his wife Millicent and his young stepdaughter Jackie. Although Ducane and his family are friendly toward her, Jenny senses trouble when she hears Millicent scream during the night. Jackie explains that her mother has been suffering a mysterious long-term illness, for which Ducane has been giving her nightly glasses of milk, but Jenny is still uncertain. Soon after, however, Ducane's brother-in-law Curtis, a test pilot, arrives at the estate and allays Jenny's fears. Jenny's suspicions are again aroused when Ducane, who takes on a mad look whenever he pours over his antiques, mutters something about throwing someone down the stairs. Later, Jenny learns that Millicent inherited her wealth from her aunt, who fell down a set of stairs. After Millicent then dies, Jenny becomes convinced that Ducane is a killer, but Curtis, with whom she has fallen in love, insists that Ducane is innocent and angrily asks her to leave. Before she departs, Foster, Ducane's elderly assistant, informs Jenny that Ducane is insane and bent on obtaining Millicent's fortune so that he can add to his ceramics collection. Jenny investigates further, visiting Millicent's lawyer, and learns that Jackie, not Ducane, is to inherit her mother's wealth. Assuming that Jackie will be Ducane's next victim, Jenny rushes back to the estate to save ... +


After stranded show girl Jenny is struck unconscious by a speeding car while hitchhiking to New York, she awakens in a strange mansion. Jenny soon learns that the house belongs to Max Ducane, the man whose car hit her. Ducane, a collector of ancient ceramics, insists that Jenny remain in his home until she recuperates and introduces her to his wife Millicent and his young stepdaughter Jackie. Although Ducane and his family are friendly toward her, Jenny senses trouble when she hears Millicent scream during the night. Jackie explains that her mother has been suffering a mysterious long-term illness, for which Ducane has been giving her nightly glasses of milk, but Jenny is still uncertain. Soon after, however, Ducane's brother-in-law Curtis, a test pilot, arrives at the estate and allays Jenny's fears. Jenny's suspicions are again aroused when Ducane, who takes on a mad look whenever he pours over his antiques, mutters something about throwing someone down the stairs. Later, Jenny learns that Millicent inherited her wealth from her aunt, who fell down a set of stairs. After Millicent then dies, Jenny becomes convinced that Ducane is a killer, but Curtis, with whom she has fallen in love, insists that Ducane is innocent and angrily asks her to leave. Before she departs, Foster, Ducane's elderly assistant, informs Jenny that Ducane is insane and bent on obtaining Millicent's fortune so that he can add to his ceramics collection. Jenny investigates further, visiting Millicent's lawyer, and learns that Jackie, not Ducane, is to inherit her mother's wealth. Assuming that Jackie will be Ducane's next victim, Jenny rushes back to the estate to save her. Ducane, meanwhile, has discovered that Foster spoke to Jenny and murders him. Ducane then sets a trap for Jenny, luring her to a deserted road and knocking her out. After he puts her unconscious body in a car with Foster's corpse, he sets fire to the car. Curtis, who has been conducting his own investigation and found Jenny's assertions to be accurate, returns to the estate in time to rescue Jenny. Ducane dies when his car overturns while trying to flee from Curtis. +

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