STAR STRUCK (1948) and Warren Douglas in another new Archive DVD, INCIDENT (1948). Both crime films were originally released by Monogram.
That same year Douglas and Long teamed up to costar in HOMICIDE FOR THREE (1948) for Republic Pictures.
Douglas and Long play Peter and Iris, a naval officer and his wife celebrating their first anniversary and honeymoon all in one. Peter had left for service immediately after the wedding ceremony, but now he's on three days' leave in Los Angeles just in time for their anniversary. All Peter and Iris want is to be alone in a hotel room!
Unfortunately there's a convention in the city and it's difficult to get a room, but then a nice woman at a hotel reception desk overhears their plight and offers them use of her room while she's out of town. Little do Peter and Iris know that their honeymoon will instead be spent dealing with all sorts of problems including the murder of Iris's lookalike cousin, Mona...
HOMICIDE FOR THREE is more lightweight than the Monogram films with Long and Douglas I just reviewed, but it does have something good going for it. As a reviewer noted at IMDb, "...it's worth noticing the very real, honest presence of the main actress, a lively and natural Audrey Long." Long is on screen for most of the movie, and I enjoyed it as a chance to see a bit more of her work.
The story gets a little confusing, but it's over and done in a quick 60 minutes, and there are a couple of things which people who watch a lot of movies will especially enjoy. I burst into laughter when perennial '50s villain Robert J. Wilke showed up at the end as an exasperated police officer! That's the kind of thing that's not part of the script, but looking at it in historical retrospect, it tickled my funnybone. The other cop was stuntman/bit player Chuck Roberson, who turns up in countless John Wayne films.
Lloyd Corrigan, who played kindly but befuddled businessman Arthur Manleder in the Boston Blackie detective series, here plays a famous criminologist, which I found an amusing change of role.
The supporting cast also included Grant Withers, Stephanie Bachelor, George Lynn, Tala Birell, Benny Baker, and Benny Curtis.
HOMICIDE FOR THREE was directed by George Blair and filmed in black and white by John MacBurnie.
The screenplay by Bradbury Foote was based on the novel PUZZLE FOR PUPPETS ("A Peter Deluth Mystery") by Patrick Quentin. Per IMDb, Patrick Quentin appears to have been a pseudonym for Richard W. Webb and Hugh Wheeler.
Sincere thanks to John Knight for helping me to see this film.
HOMICIDE FOR THREE can currently be streamed at Amazon.