One Body Too Many (1944)

35mm film, black and white, 1.37:1
mono, English

An American horror film directed by Frank McDonald.

Plot Summary

When life insurance salesman Albert Tuttle arrives at the estate of millionaire Cyrus J. Rutherford, he finds that the he's too late and that Rutherford had died. His heirs have for the reading of the will which won't happen until the old man's body is safely entombed, the would-be inheritors being forced to stay in his spooky old mansion until that happens or lose their claim. But Rutherford's body goes missing and Tuttle finds himself caught up in some very strange family matters…


* = uncredited

Director: Frank McDonald
A Pine-Thomas production
Producers: William H. Pine *, William C. Thomas *
Script: Winston Miller, Maxwell Shane
Director of Photography: Fred Jackman Jr
Supervising Editor: Howard Smith
Editor: Henry Adams
Music: Alexander Laszlo
Sound Recording: Paul Schmutz
Western Electric Sound System
Art Director: F. Paul Sylos
Set Decoration: Ben Berk

Jack Haley (Albert Tuttle)
Jean Parker (Carol Dunlap)
Bela Lugosi (Merkil)
Blanche Yurka (Matthews)
Lyle Talbot (Jim Davis)
Douglas Fowley (Henry Rutherford)
Fay Helm (Estelle)
Bernard Nedell (Attorney Gellman)
Lucien Littlefield (Kenneth)
Dorothy Granger (Mona)
Maxine Fife (Margaret)



Monthly Film Bulletin vol.11 (November 1944) p.130
Corpses in and out of and cupboards may amuse or thrill some people, though it seems a pity. This is a completely unrealistic thriller with medium direction and poor acting. – from a review by V.M.C.D.



  • Favorite Westerns and Serial World no.32 (1989) p.19 – credits
  • Kinematograph Weekly no.1959 (2 November 1944) – review
  • Monthly Film Bulletin vol.11 (November 1944) p.130 – review (by V.M.C.D), credits
  • Motion Picture Herald vol.157 no.3 (21 October 1944) – review
  • New York Motion Picture Critics Reviews vol.1 no.30 (4 December 1944) p.166 – review
  • Today's Cinema vol.63 no.5104 (31 October 1944) – review


  • Feature Films, 1940-1949: A United States Filmography by Alan G. Fetrow p.355-356