Final Appointment (The Last Appointment) (1954)

John Bentley

John Bentley

B movie that would have worked better as a half-hour TV episode. Still it’s not a bad time filler but definitely not a priority. The music behind the opening credits is ridiculous and more fitting for a comedy.

Reporter Mike Billings (John Bentley) goes to see lawyer Hartnell who has been receiving threatening letters. He gets tossed out of the office. Back at the paper he looks up some unsolved murders. His girlfriend is Jenny Drew. She wants to be a crime reporter but is stuck writing the agony column as Aunt Agatha.

Mike tells her what he’s working on. Three members of a court martial board have been murdered on the same day in consecutive years. She recognizes one of the names and helps him investigate. Also helping out is Scotland Yard Inspector Corcoran.

They look into three of the men who were convicted and sentenced to prison after being convicted of stealing army equipment. One of the prosecutors was Hartnell. One of the men is in Australia. They visit tobacco shop owner Tom Martin. His brother George died four years ago and he has the death certificate to prove it. Corcoran then looks up petty thief Vickery. He isn’t the type to go through with a murder.

Mike meets Hartnell’s secretary Laura Robens. She tells him Hartnell’s partner Barrett embezzled funds during the war and is slowly paying them back. Jenny’s not happy about Mike seeing Laura.

One night Mike and Laura go to Hartnell’s office. He sees a man robbing the safe. The man hits him over the head and runs off. Laura is at the top of the staircase and recognizes Barrett. Meanwhile Jenny is steamed since Mike was supposed to take her out that night. She gets all gooey when she sees the bump on his head.

The movie on purpose gives the solution away early instead of the usual last minute surprise ending. It’s nothing special and it is pretty bland. It tries to fit in different story lines as padding and it shows.

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