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Everybody seems to have had a good time making the overripe melodrama The Hidden Hand, especially cadaverous Milton Parsons as insane-asylum escapee John Channing. In her efforts to protect her brother from the authorities, John's sister Lorinda (Cecil Cunningham) opens the door for a series of grisly murders. Hero Peter Thorne (Craig Stevens) and heroine Mary Winfield (Elizabeth Fraser) try to stop John before he overracts-er, kills-again. Absolutely impossible to take seriously, The Hidden Hand is nonetheless worth a glance, if for no other reason than to see perennial bit player Parsons in a juicy leading role. The film was based on Invitation to a Murder, a play by Rufus King.

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  1. Anthony Coldeway


  2. Raymond L. Schrock


  3. Benjamin Stoloff


  4. Rufus King


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  1. Craig Stevens

    Craig Stevens

    Peter Thorne

  2. Julie Bishop

    Julie Bishop

    Rita Channing

  3. Frank Wilcox

    Frank Wilcox

    Dr. Lawrence Channing

  4. Cecil Cunningham

    Cecil Cunningham

    Lorinda Channing

  5. Ruth Ford

    Ruth Ford

    Estelle Channing

  6. Milton Parsons

    Milton Parsons

    John Channing

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Status Released

Original Language English

Runtime 1h 3m

Budget -

Revenue -

Homepage -

Release Information

  • November 7, 1942



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