|The Dummy Talks|
|Directed by||Oswald Mitchell|
|Written by||Michael Barringer|
|Based on||the story by Jack Clifford & Con West|
|Produced by||Wallace Orton|
|Music by||Kennedy Russell (uncredited)|
|Distributed by||Anglo-American Film Corporation (UK)|
|25 October 1943 (UK)|
The Dummy Talks is a 1943 British crime film directed by Oswald Mitchell and starring Jack Warner, Claude Hulbert and Beryl Orde.It marked the film debut of Jack Warner.
Set over the course of one night, the story takes place in and around a London theatre. A series of contemporary acts are seen both performing on stage and socialising backstage. The murder of a ventriloquist takes place and two policemen, who happen to be at the theatre tracking a banknote forger, set to work finding the culprit. Ultimately, the key suspects are rounded up and a mind-reader puts on a show to reveal the killer. He's helped by a midget dressed as the dummy, hence the title.
Britmovie noted "a number of genuine variety acts add a flavour of the period, although they provide rather too much of the film’s running time" ; and TV Guide called it "a weird but engaging second feature."
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