1932

Movies watched and re-watched during my chronological review of 1932.
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1.
Love Me Tonight (1932)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A Parisian tailor finds himself posing as a baron in order to collect a sizeable bill from an aristocrat, only to fall in love with an aloof young princess. (104 mins.)
“ A Paris tailor (Maurice Chevalier) goes to a chateau to collect on a debt owed him by a ne'er-do-well count (Charlie Ruggles). He remains there incognito as a baron and falls in love with a princess (Jeannette MacDonald). With C. Aubrey Smith as the Duke and Myrna Loy as a comic vamp.

This stylish musical comes very close to perfection in my book. The high points include the opening to the sounds of the Paris streets, the "Isn't It Romantic?" sequence (which still gives me chills no matter how often I see it), and the reprise of "Mimi" by all the various characters. A silly story rendered sublime by its director. ” - marie_D
 
2.
I Was Born, But... (1932)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
The Yoshi family - husband and wife Kennesuke and Haha, a middle manager at an office and a housewife respectively... (100 mins.)
Director: Yasujirô Ozu
“ Two boys, ages 8 and 10, are new kids in town after their family moves to a suburb. The movie has two themes. One is the boys' efforts to fit in with the neighborhood kids and find a high place in the pecking order. Much of this is quite hilarious. These boys are all boy! The second comes about when they find out that their father plays the clown to win points with his boss, who is also the father of one of the kids in the gang. The boys are so disgusted they go on a hunger strike. Then the story focuses more on the choices adults make. I absolutely love this silent movie. ” - marie_D
 
3.
Fanny (1932)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Marius has left, signed up for a five year hitch on a ship bound for the Indian Ocean. In his few letters to his father César... (140 mins.)
Director: Marc Allégret
“ Warm, witty, and poignant second part of Marcel Pagnol's Marseilles Trilogy. At the end of Part I Marius, Marius has fulfilled his dream of seeing far-off places by shipping off for five years leaving a devastated Fanny behind. Shortly after this film starts, poor Fanny finds herself pregnant. What would be a melodrama in other hands becomes a literate, surprising, and deeply human story here. Highly recommended. ” - marie_D
 
4.
Trouble in Paradise (1932)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A gentleman thief and a lady pickpocket join forces to con a beautiful perfume company owner. Romantic entanglements and jealousies confuse the scheme. (83 mins.)
Director: Ernst Lubitsch
“ Two clever thieves (Herbert Marshall and Miriam Hopkins) dazzle each other with their virtuosity and set up housekeeping. When they decide to bilk a rich widow (Kay Frances), the man gets in much deeper than either of them expect.

This film exemplifies the "Lubitsch touch" with its sophisticated wit and tasteful sexuality. Kay Frances' wardrobe and the art deco sets are also delightful. With Edward Everett Horton and Charles Ruggles as rejected suitors and C. Aubrey Smith as an old family retainer. ” - marie_D
 
5.
Vampyr (1932)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A drifter obsessed with the supernatural stumbles upon an inn where a severely ill adolescent girl is slowly becoming a vampire. (83 mins.)
Director: Carl Th. Dreyer
“ A susceptible young man runs into vampires at a country inn. It is not all that easy to identify the vampire or the other elements of a conventional story even after multiple viewings. It is more in the nature of the protagonist's dream. The images are the thing here. Dreyer and his cinematographer Rudolph Maté have created a film full of some of the most exquisite, spare, and evocative black and white photography ever. ” - marie_D
 
6.
The Old Dark House (1932)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Seeking shelter from a storm, five travelers are in for a bizarre and terrifying night when they stumble upon the Femm family estate. (72 mins.)
Director: James Whale
“ A group of travellers is forced to take shelter in a terrible storm and finds themselves in the title abode among the strangest family imaginable. With a boffo cast including: Boris Karloff, Charles Laughton, Melvyn Douglas, Ernest Thesinger, Raymond Massey, and Eva Moore.

I adore this movie! It is just the perfect amalgam of thrills and wit. The screenplay and all the performances are spot on. Have a potato! ” - marie_D
 
7.
Shanghai Express (1932)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A loose woman rediscovers a former lover during a dangerous train ride to Shanghai. (82 mins.)
“ It took more than one man to change her name to Shanghai Lily! Excellent movie in which we follow the various passengers on an exciting and dangerous train journey from Peking to Shanghai during the Chinese Civil War. The notorious Shanghai Lily (Marlene Dietrich) meets former lover Capt. Harvey (Colin Clive) on the train and must regain his trust. Some of the other passengers include a mysterious Eurasian (Werner Oland), a beautiful Chinese shady lady (Anna May Wong), and an American gambler (Eugene Pallette). I really enjoyed this one. ” - marie_D
 
8.
Scarface (1932)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
An ambitious and near insanely violent gangster climbs the ladder of success in the mob, but his weaknesses prove to be his downfall. (93 mins.)
“ Gangster Tony Camante (Paul Muni) lives by an iron law: "Do it first, do it yourself, and keep on doing it." But like all movie gangsters Tony has his Achilles heel, in this case his little sister (Ann Dvorak). With George Raft as Tony's coin-flpping henchman and Boris Karloff as a rival gangster.

I liked this one much better on this repeat viewing. I had not been clued into the "X" motif before and watching for it was very interesting. Howard Hawkes did a grand job of keeping things moving. ” - marie_D
 
9.
Island of Lost Souls (1932)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
An obsessed scientist conducts profane experiments in evolution, eventually establishing himself as the self-styled demigod to a race of mutated, half-human abominations. (70 mins.)
Director: Erle C. Kenton
“ Dr. Moreau (Charles Laughton) has been able to accelerate evolution in such a way as to create man-beasts from animals (with a little assist from vivisection in the House of Pain). When a shipwrecked man (Richard Arlen) is thrown overboard into his boat, things get really exciting on his uncharted Island. With a hirsute Bela Lugosi as The Sayer of the Law ("Are We Not Men?").

Somehow Laughton manages to combine the campy, the polymorphously perverse, and the satanic into one seriously scary mad scientist. The camerawork is beautiful and the makeup on the man-beasts is amazing. The elements of sexual threat and violence could only have been pre-Code. I hadn't seen this before and was pleased to discover another true horror classic. ” - marie_D
 
10.
Wooden Crosses (1932)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
The young and patriotic student Demachy joins the French army in 1914 to defend his country. But he and his comrades soon experience the terrifying... (115 mins.)
Director: Raymond Bernard
“ Completely devastating film about the horrors faced by a French battalion in WWI. Bernard gives us enough of the characters to make it all personal and enough of the spectacle to make us hate war in general. ” - marie_D
 
11.
The Mummy (1932)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A living mummy stalks the beautiful woman he believes is the reincarnation of his lover. (73 mins.)
Director: Karl Freund
“ A British Museum Field Expedition unearths a cursed scroll that brings the mummy of an ancient Egyptian priest (Boris Karloff) back to life in this horror/romance tale. While some of the acting is pretty ham-handed, Karloff is effective and even moving, Zita Johann is probably the most intriguing of all the Universal horror ingenues, and the cinematography is first rate. I definitely prefer this one to Dracula. ” - marie_D
 
12.
No Blood Relation (1932)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
(94 mins.)
Director: Mikio Naruse
“ Heartfelt melodrama about competing mother love. An actress has abandoned her husband and baby daughter for fame and fortune in America. The husband remarried and the stepmother is the only mother the little girl has ever known. The birth mother returns to Japan to reclaim her child and is left an opening when the father is thrown in jail. I liked this sensitively done silent. The stepmother was particularly good. ” - marie_D
 
13.
Freaks (1932)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A circus' beautiful trapeze artist agrees to marry the leader of side-show performers, but his deformed friends discover she is only marrying him for his inheritance. (64 mins.)
Director: Tod Browning
“ A beautiful trapeze artist plans to murder a midget after she marries him for his money. The other side show "freaks" learn of this and exact a cruel revenge.

This was my first viewing of the film and I am still sorting out my reaction. The wedding banquet scene and the revenge sequence are powerful film making by any standard. On the one hand, the presentation of the deformed performers is unashamed and human. On the other hand, the whole thing is fundamentally exploitative and disturbing. ” - marie_D
 
14.
I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang (1932)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Wrongly convicted James Allen serves in the intolerable conditions of a southern chain gang, which later comes back to haunt him. (92 mins.)
Director: Mervyn LeRoy
“ A decorated soldier (Paul Muni) returns from WWI with ambitions to become an engineer. Hard times and injustice put him on the chain gang instead. With Glenda Farrell as a no-good dame.

If I recall correctly, this was cited by Hitchcock as one of his favorite films when he first arrived in America. I don't know if I'd go that far, but it certainly does make compelling watching and Muni is great. ” - marie_D
 
15.
Three on a Match (1932)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Although Vivian Revere is seemingly the most successful of a trio of reunited schoolmates, she throws it away by descending into a life of debauchery and drugs. (63 mins.)
Director: Mervyn LeRoy
“ Ann Dvorak (the popular one), Joan Blondell (the bad girl), and Bette Davis (the smart one) play three alumnae of P.S. 62 whose lives come together again years later. Ms. Popularity seemingly has it made after marrying a wealthy lawyer (Warren William) and producing an adorable son. She is discontented, however, and she soon becomes lost to addiction. With Lyle Talbot as Ann's new love and Humphrey Bogart in a small part as a gangster.

I really enjoyed this pre-Code classic. It is lurid but has plenty of energy. ” - marie_D
 
16.
Boudu Saved from Drowning (1932)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Boudu, a tramp, jumps into the Seine. He is rescued by Mr Lestingois, a gentle and good bookseller, who gives shelter to him... (85 mins.)
Director: Jean Renoir
“ A tramp (Michel Simon) is attempting suicide in the Seine when a romantic bookseller comes to his rescue and kindly offers him bed and board with his family. The tramp proceeds to create anarchy of every kind in the bourgeois household. Although I don't find a lot of humor in destruction, there is enough comedy of manners to make this an enjoyable watch and the film making is masterful. ” - marie_D
 
17.
The Mask of Fu Manchu (1932)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Englishmen race to find the tomb of Genghis Khan. They have to get there fast, as the evil genius Dr... (68 mins.)
Director: Charles Brabin
“ Dr. Fu Manchu (Boris Karloff) schemes to get his hands on the mask and sword of Genghis Kahn. Once these are in his possession, he will be able to call on untold millions of Asians, kill all white men, and take their women! The British Secret Service sends a team of scientists on a desperate quest to beat Fu to the goods.

This movie is just a ton of camp fun which I cannot recommend highly enough. It is full of creepy torture, juicy dialogue, and an unforgettable performance by Myrna Loy as Fu's sadistic, nymphomaniac daughter. ” - marie_D
 
18.
The Animal Kingdom (1932)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Tom Collier has had a great relationship with Daisy, but when he decides to marry, it is not Daisy whom he asks... (85 mins.)
“ Sophisticated pre-Code fare about a publisher (Leslie Howard) who has lived for years with an artist (Ann Harding) who has been not only a lover but a kindred spirit and close friend. When the bloom is off the rose, he decides to marry an alluring socialite (Myrna Loy). Based on a Philip Barry play and accordingly quite stagey. Still the acting is first rate and the moral years ahead of its time. ” - marie_D
 
19.
Rain (1932)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A prostitute finds redemption in Pago Pago thanks to a hard missionary man. (94 mins.)
“ A varied group of passengers is stranded on a South Sea island when the ship has an outbreak of cholera. A preacher (Walter Huston) takes it upon himself to save or cast out Sadie Thompson (Joan Crawford), a prostitute in their midst. This is based on a stage play and it shows though the director does a heroic job in maintaining visual interest. The performances are also impressive. Huston in particular made me want to smack him. ” - marie_D
 
20.
One Hour with You (1932)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
An unhappily married couple try to come between a happy one. (80 mins.)
Director: Ernst Lubitsch
“ Andre (Maurice Chevalier) and Colette (Jeanette MacDonald) are still madly in love after three years of marriage. But Colette's best friend Mitzi (Genevieve Tobin) sets her cap for Andre, aided by her husband (Roland Young) who wants a divorce and all hell breaks loose. With Charlie Ruggles as Andre's best friend, who has a yen for Colette. There is nothing wrong with this movie and it certainly has the Lubitsch touch in spades. The songs are also quite nice. I just personally had a hard time finding the infidelity premise all that funny. ” - marie_D
 
21.
A Farewell to Arms (1932)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
An American ambulance driver and an English nurse fall in love in Italy during World War I. (80 mins.)
Director: Frank Borzage
“ An American ambulance driver (Gary Cooper) and a British nurse (Helen Hayes) are star-crossed lovers in WWI Italy. This made a huge upward leap in my esteem on this viewing. I've read the novel since the first time I saw it and I thought the movie did a reasonable job with the book. This, of course, could only have happened pre-Code. I really enjoyed Adolphe Menjou as Rinaldi. ” - marie_D
 
22.
Horse Feathers (1932)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Quincy Adams Wagstaff, the new president of Huxley University, hires bumblers Baravelli and Pinky to help his school win the big football game against rival Darwin University. (68 mins.)
Director: Norman McLeod
“ This time the boys wreak havoc on a college campus and entertain with multiple renditions of "Everyone Says I Love You". Sad to say, Margaret Dumont is MIA. ” - marie_D
 
23.
Where Now Are the Dreams of Youth (1932)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
When a young man inherits his father's lucrative business, he cheats the system to set up three of his college friends with jobs. (92 mins.)
Director: Yasujirô Ozu
“ Three chums live a carefree life at university, participating in military gymnastics, playing go in class, cheating on exams, and flirting with a girl who sells them beer. A fourth studies hard to support his widowed mother. When one of the slackers takes over as the director of his family run company, the others come calling for jobs. This film examines the change in the relationships when a friend becomes a boss. This silent does not measure up to I Was Born But ... but is interesting. It was fun to see an early glimpse of Ozu regular Chishû Ryû as one of the slackers. ” - marie_D
 
24.
Forbidden (1932)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
In this romance a librarian takes a cruise and falls for an unobtainable man, a district attorney married to a crippled woman. (85 mins.)
Director: Frank R. Capra
“ "Plain" librarian Lula (Barbara Stanwyck) looks for romance on a vacation to Havana and finds in the form of lawyer Bob (Adolphe Menjou). After she is in deep, he informs her he is married and she proceeds to sacrifice everything for the sake of his political career. With Ralph Bellamy as a hardhitting reporter with a yen for Lula.

This tearjerker was pretty darned good once you get over the wallflower Barbara problem. It was particularly nice to see Bellamy in something other than a rebound financee role. This is definitely pre-Code, what with adultery, illegitimacy, etc. ” - marie_D
 
25.
The Sign of the Cross (1932)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A Roman soldier becomes torn between his love for a Christian woman and his loyalty to Emperor Nero. (108 mins.)
“ Epic about the persecution of the Christians in Nero's Rome. With Charles Laughton as Nero; Claudette Colbert as his wife, the randy Poppea; Frederic March as Marcus Superbus, Prefect of Rome; and Elissa Landi, the Christian object of Marcus's affections.

The Christian backdrop and pre-Code conditions enable DeMille to display some of the most blatant scenes of sadism and debauchery to hit the screens for the next 30 years. Laughton, who plays Nero as a campy effeminate infant, and the deliciously wicked Colbert are the highlights. The rest of it isn't up to much IMHO. ” - marie_D
 
26.
No Man of Her Own (1932)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Clark Gable plays a card cheat who has to go on the lam to avoid a pesky cop. He meets a lonely, but slightly wild... (85 mins.)
Director: Wesley Ruggles
“ Clark Gable plays a card shark who has to lay low in a small town to avoid the vice squad. There he meets the librarian (Carole Lombard) and marries her, more or less on impulse. This light romance is the only time Gable and Lombard appeared together in a movie, years before they fell in love. I thought their screen chemistry was excellent. Lombard still needed to work a bit on her comic timing. ” - marie_D
 
27.
Blonde Venus (1932)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A cabaret singer takes up with a millionaire to pay for her gravely ill husband's operation. (93 mins.)
“ A cabaret singer (Marlene Dietrich) goes back to work to finance a cure for her gravely ill husband (Herbert Marshall) The plot of this didn't hang together too well but Dietrich showed her tough and tender sides and there was that famous number in the gorilla suit. With Cary Grant as Dietrich's sugar daddy. ” - marie_D
 
28.
The Blue Light (1932)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Junta is hated by the people in the village where she lives, especially by the women, who suspect her of being a witch... (85 mins.)
“ This is the legend of Junta, a mountain girl, told in one long flashback. Junta (Leni Riefenstahl) is persecuted by the villagers in the Italian alps because she alone can scale the peak where the blue light shines on full-moon nights while the village boys all fall to their deaths. Thus, Junta is forced to wander dressed in revealing rags until she is befriended by a German mountaineer. This movie is very beautiful but strange. ” - marie_D
 
29.
Penguin Pool Murder (1932)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Shady stockbroker and abusive husband Gerald Parker is found dead in the penguin pool of a NYC aquarium after being knocked cold by his wife's boyfriend. (70 mins.)
“ Fun light mystery starring Edna Mae Oliver as school teacher/amateur sleuth Hildegarde Withers. With James Gleason as the police inspector, Mae Clark as the victim's wife, and Robert Armstrong as Clark's lawyer. I will watch anything with Edna Mae Oliver in it. The YouTube copy of this is pretty bad and I will be looking for it on TCM where it plays fairly frequently. ” - marie_D
 
30.
Wedding Rehearsal (1932)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
Young man fights off attempts to marry him off to a series of available girls. Intersting glimpses of London in 1930. (84 mins.)
Director: Alexander Korda
“ His aunt threatens to cut off the allowance of a playboy aristocrat (Roland Young) unless he marries. In self-defense, he sets up all the candidates on the "list" with fiances. This forgettable comedy is perhaps best seen for performances by such notables as Young, Merle Oberon, Wendy Barrie, and John Loder. I usually like Roland Young a lot but here he is simply too old for the part. ” - marie_D
 
31.
The Purchase Price (1932)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A torch singer becomes a mail-order bride for a farmer. (68 mins.)
“ A nightclub singer (Barbara Stanwyck) decides she wants to leave her past behind and does so by becoming the mail-order bride of a North Dakota farmer (George Brent). Things get off to a rocky start. This story actually had potential and both Stanwyck and Brent are fine as hesitant lovers. Unfortunately, the rustic humor that went along with the plot was rather a turn off for me. ” - marie_D
 
32.
Taxi! (1932)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Independent cab drivers struggling against a taxi company consortium find a leader in Matt Nolan. (69 mins.)
Director: Roy Del Ruth
“ Warner's cashing in on Cagney's success in the previous year's <i>The Public Enemy</i> with another tough-guy role, this time as an embattled taxi driver. Unfortunately, Cagney seems to spend more time pushing around his girl friend and later wife, played by Loretta Young, than he does the bad guys. The most fun to be had in this movie is seeing Cagney speak Yiddish and do his first movie dancing in a fox trot contest with an uncredited George Raft. ” - marie_D
 
33.
Polly of the Circus (1932)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
When Polly Fisher, a circus aerialist, is hurt while performing, she is taken to the house of a nearby minister... (69 mins.)
Director: Alfred Santell
“ Polly (Marion Davies) falls during her trapeze act and is taken to the home of the local minister (Clark Gable) to recover. During her convalescence they fall in love, but can a cleric and a circus performer sucessfully wed? With C. Aubrey Smith as a disapproving bishop. Pleasant enough romantic comedy. Davies acquits herself well. ” - marie_D
 
34.
Life Begins (1932)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
At a maternity hospital, future fathers pace the corridors while their wives wait for their babies either anxiously or happily... (71 mins.)
“ Vignettes of life on the maternity ward. The principal story concerns a young prison inmate (Loretta Young) who has come to give birth and her husband (Eric Linden). With Glenda Farrell as a reluctant mother of twins and Aline MacMahon as the sympathetic head nurse. The pre-Code conditions allowed the film to be a more realistic than the same story would be later but it's still on the melodramatic side. It's shocking to modern sensibilities to see XRays being routinely given to the expectant mothers and Glenda Farrell drinking up a storm! ” - marie_D
 
35.
Murders in the Rue Morgue (1932)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A mad scientist seeks to mingle human blood with that of an ape, and resorts to kidnapping women for his experiments. (61 mins.)
Director: Robert Florey
“ Universal horror entry loosely based on the Poe story complete with "Swan Lake" opening music. Bela Lugosi plays mad scientist Doctor Mirakle who displays his "man-ape" in a carnival sideshow by day and conducts evil experiments on young ladies in an attempt to combine ape and human blood by night. This film is marred by some ham-handed comic relief and unconvincing ape effects. On the other hand, it does feature some pretty spiffy cinematography by DP Karl Freund. With Leon Ames as Pierre Dupin, here a medical study in love with the ape's choice for a bride. ” - marie_D
 
36.
The Most Dangerous Game (1932)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
An insane hunter arranges for a ship to be wrecked on an island where he can indulge in some sort of hunting and killing of the passengers. (63 mins.)
“ A Cossack hunter (Leslie Banks) has tired of stalking the traditional "big game", so he arranges for shipwrecks on his isolated island so he can have the challenge of hunting the most dangerous game - the survivors. One day a world renowned hunter (Joel McCrae) makes it ashore where he encounters castaways played by Faye Wray and Robert Armstrong.

This movie was made on the King Kong sets during Wray and Armstrong's downtime during the special effects photography for that film. This is a disturbing and suspenseful horror entry that I find most endearing for an early performance by the handsome McCrae. ” - marie_D
 
37.
Doctor X (1932)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A wisecracking New York reporter intrudes on a research scientist's quest to unmask The Moon Killer. (76 mins.)
Director: Michael Curtiz
“ A series of "Moonlight Murders" leave bodies with wierd surgical mutilations that tie them to a research laboratory headed by Dr. Xavier (Lionel Atwill). An enterprising reporter (Lee Tracy) interferes with the good doctor's efforts to keep his investigation of the crimes private. With Faye Wray as the doctor's daughter.

This film was billed as a horror/romance/comedy and therein lies its problem. The comedy is just not funny enough and is so prominent as to weaken the horror. The last 10 minutes are fairly scary, however. ” - marie_D
 
38.
The Blood of a Poet (1932)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A young artist draws a face at a canvas on his easel. Suddenly the mouth on the drawing comes into life and starts talking... (55 mins.)
Director: Jean Cocteau
“ I am not really qualified to rate or review this surrealist film, which I did not understand (or particularly enjoy). ” - marie_D
 
39.
White Zombie (1932)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A young man turns to a witch doctor to lure the woman he loves away from her fiancé, but instead turns her into a zombie slave. (69 mins.)
Director: Victor Halperin
“ Low budget independent film noted for being the first zombie movie, though these zombies do not feed on human flesh but are more or less slaves. A plantation owner falls for a woman who is sailing to Haiti to be married. Once they return to the island, he enlists the help of an evil sugar mill owner (Bela Lugosi) to make her his own. The owner does this by making her a zombie like all the workers at his mill. Fairly effective. Lugosi's performance is very like that in Dracula, with the hypnotic stare. ” - marie_D
 
40.
Tarzan the Ape Man (1932)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A trader and his daughter set off in search of the fabled graveyard of the elephants in deepest Africa, only to encounter a wild man raised by apes. (100 mins.)
Director: W.S. Van Dyke
“ A Great White Hunter (C. Aubrey Smith) leads a safari in search of unimaginable riches in ivory in the elephants' graveyard. On their journey, his daughter is abducted by a man who was raised by apes. With Johnny Weissmuller as Tarzan and Maureen O'Sullivan as Jane.

I found this movie more disturbing in some ways than Freaks! I cut old movies a giant amount of slack in the racism department but this one has to take the cake.

It is also deeply ludicrous. First, we are treated to many, many obvious process shots as Jane and company survey various African tribes. The hunters have to keep their bearers in line with whips. The whole gang have a tendency to shoot first and ask questions later. Hippos are maneaters. Apparently, the logical choice to play the offspring of a man in a gorilla suit is a chimpanzee. The hunters conclude that Tarzan might be human because he is white. The coup de grace is when the safari is menaced by a tribe of white dwarfs in blackface.

I was looking forward to this because I had enjoyed Tarzan and His Mate. I now know that the sequel surpasses the original in this case.

I did like the quiet scenes between Tarzan and Jane and Johnny Weissmuller is certainly easy on the eyes. ” - marie_D
 
41.
Grand Hotel (1932)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A group of very different individuals staying at a luxurious hotel in Berlin deal with each of their respective dramas. (112 mins.)
Director: Edmund Goulding
“ "Grand Hotel... always the same. People come, people go. Nothing ever happens." MGM threw every star in the cinema firmament at this material and won the Best Picture Oscar for its trouble. This did not improve on a the second viewing for me. I kept thinking that people just do not talk this way.

This is the film in which Garbo "wants to be alone." ” - marie_D
 
42.
Me and My Gal (1932)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Young New York cop Dan falls in love with waterfront waitress Helen. Helen's sister Kate falls for gangster Duke. Dan must do in Duke. (79 mins.)
Director: Raoul Walsh
“ An Irish-American policeman (Spencer Tracy) falls for a wisecracking lunch counter waitress (Joan Bennett) while solving crime on the waterfront. There is nothing wrong with this movie that a complete rewrite could not fix, starting with the looong unfunny "comedy" drunk schtick by Will Stanton. On the other hand, the two leads acquit themselves admirably and Joan Bennett makes a beautiful blonde. ” - marie_D
 
43.
¡Que viva Mexico! (1932)
Having revolutionized film editing through such masterworks of montage as Potemkin and Strike, Soviet director Sergei Eisenstein emigrated west in hopes of testing the capabilities of the American film industry.
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44.
American Madness (1932)
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Socially-conscious banker Thomas Dickson faces a crisis when his protégé is wrongly accused for robbing the bank, gossip of the robbery starts a bank run, and evidence suggests Dickson's wife had an affair...all in the same day. (75 mins.)
Director: Frank R. Capra
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45.
The Rich Are Always with Us (1932)
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The ten year marriage of of Caroline Van Dyke and Greg Grannard is falling apart. A young woman, Allison... (71 mins.)
Director: Alfred E. Green
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46.
Emma (1932)
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After decades of raising the motherless Smith children, housekeeper Emma Thatcher is faced with resentment when she marries their father. (72 mins.)
Director: Clarence Brown
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47.
The Dentist (1932 Short Film)
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An unconventional dentist deals with patients in slapstick fashion. (21 mins.)
Director: Leslie Pearce
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48.
Manhattan Tower (1932)
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The lives of a number of the workers and executives in a Manhattan skyscraper are affected by the actions of a philandering and crooked company boss. (67 mins.)
Director: Frank Strayer
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49.
State's Attorney (1932)
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Attorney Tom Cardigan is the discontented "mouthpiece" for Vanny Powers' mob. When Tom takes sweet June Perry as his mistress... (79 mins.)
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50.
Is My Face Red? (1932)
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Poster writes a gossip column for the Morning Gazette. He will write about anyone and everyone as long as he gets the credit... (66 mins.)
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51.
The Last Mile (1932)
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Richard Walters is condemned to death for a murder he claims not to have committed. He arrives on death... (75 mins.)
Director: Sam Bischoff
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52.
Die verkaufte Braut (1932)
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Bohemia in the 19th century, stage-coach driver Hans, loves the mayor's daughter Marie, but she is promised Wenzel... (77 mins.)
Director: Max Ophüls
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53.
There Goes the Bride (1932)
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A businessman's daughter runs away from an arranged marriage, only to find herself penniless and suspected... (79 mins.)
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54.
The Greeks Had a Word for Them (1932)
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Sophisticated comedy: a trio of money hungry women who all have sugar daddies who keep them in the lap of luxury... (79 mins.)
Director: Lowell Sherman
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55.
The Crooked Circle (1932)
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A group of amateur detectives sets out to expose The Crooked Circle, a secretive group of hooded occultists. (70 mins.)
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56.
Hell's House (1932)
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Jimmy idolizes bootlegger Matt, and when he refuses to implicate his friend, he is sent to reform school. He befriends Shorty, a boy with a heart condition, and escapes to let the world know about the brutal conditions. (72 mins.)
Director: Howard Higgin
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57.
Thirteen Women (1932)
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Thirteen women who were schoolmates send to a swami for their horoscopes. Little do they realize that Ursula... (73 mins.)
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58.
The Secrets of Wu Sin (1932)
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A murder mystery about the smuggling of illegal Chinese aliens into America through Chinatown. (65 mins.)
Director: Richard Thorpe
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59.
Bird of Paradise (1932)
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A native girl falls for a visitor to her island, but she's chosen to be sacrificed to the volcano god. (80 mins.)
Director: King Vidor
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60.
The Death Kiss (1932)
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While filming the closing scene of "The Death Kiss", leading man Myles Brent is actually killed. Having played around with... (75 mins.)
Director: Edwin L. Marin
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61.
The Crash (1932)
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Rich couple loses their fortune in stock market crash. (58 mins.)
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62.
Love in High Gear (1932)
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A young couple making plans to elope are overheard by a jewel thief, who sees a chance to turn the situation to his advantage. (66 mins.)
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63.
Alias the Doctor (1932)
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Karl is the workaholic adopted son while Stephan is the lazy one. They both go to Munich to study medicine... (61 mins.)
Director: Michael Curtiz
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64.
The Sport Parade (1932)
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Spoiled sports hero learns hard lessons. (64 mins.)
Director: Dudley Murphy
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65.
Speak Easily (1932)
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A timid professor inherits a large sum of money and decides to fund a terrible musical. (82 mins.)
Director: Edward Sedgwick
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66.
Klondike (1932)
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Dr. Robert Cromwell performs a delicate operation, that has never been done before, and the patient dies... (68 mins.)
Director: Phil Rosen
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67.
The Age of Consent (1932)
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College co-eds learn to handle the responsibilities of romance. (63 mins.)
Director: Gregory Lacava
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68.
The Thirteenth Guest (1932)
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13 years before the movie opens, there was a dinner party, at which the 13th guest failed to show up... (69 mins.)
Director: Albert Ray
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69.
The Phantom Fiend (1932)
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This was the first sound remake of the Hitchcock silent classic inspired by the Jack the Ripper legend... (85 mins.)
Director: Maurice Elvey
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70.
Mr. Robinson Crusoe (1932)
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Yachtsman Steve Drexel bets his friends that he can swim ashore on a remote south-seas island with nothing... (76 mins.)
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71.
Tangled Destinies (1932)
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An airliner makes a forced landing at night in the desert. The passengers and crew take refuge in a nearby deserted house... (56 mins.)
Director: Frank Strayer
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72.
Police Court (1932)
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A once great stage and screen actor (Henry B. Walthall) has fallen from fame because of his alcoholism; his young son (Leon Janney) is determined to see his father "make good" again. (63 mins.)
Director: Louis King
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73.
Sinister Hands (1932)
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During a séance at an elderly millionaire's house, the millionaire is murdered. The detectives investigating the crime discover that everyone who was at the séance had a motive for killing the man. (65 mins.)
Director: Armand Schaefer
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74.
Vanity Fair (1932)
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This cinematic adaptation of William Makepeace Thackeray's novel stars Myrna Loy in her first starring role. (78 mins.)
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75.
The Hurricane Express (1932)
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When his father is killed in a train wreck, Larry Baker vows to unmask a mysterious criminal called "The Wrecker," who has targeted the L&M Railroad for deadly" accidents." (227 mins.)
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76.
A Parisian Romance (1932)
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Octave Feuiller's play "A Parisian Romance", about a Parisian rake who romances a parade of women and finally falls for the girl of his dreams... (77 mins.)
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77.
Probation (1932)
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A reckless young society girl, whose uncle is a judge, is assigned a young offender as her chauffer to try to help straighten her out. (67 mins.)
Director: Richard Thorpe
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78.
Strangers of the Evening (1932)
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Bodies start mysteriously disappearing from the city morgue. An investigator tries to determine what is going on. (70 mins.)
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79.
The King Murder (1932)
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A beautiful blonde makes a career out of seducing and then blackmailing wealthy married men. She is... (67 mins.)
Director: Richard Thorpe
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80.
Out of Singapore (1932)
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While a ship's captain is being slowly poisoned, a gang of thugs try to take over the ship. (61 mins.)
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81.
A Fool's Advice (1932)
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An elevator operator invents a machine that he believes can help to defeat a corrupt politician in the city's upcoming mayoral election. (63 mins.)
Director: Ralph Ceder
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82.
The Girl from Calgary (1932)
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A French-Canadian girl is a champion bronc rider and is also a nightclub singer. An ambitious young... (64 mins.)
Director: Phil Whitman
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83.
The Honor of the Press (1932)
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Cub reporter Daniel Greely gets a job on a big city newspaper. A string of robberies occur and the owner... (61 mins.)
Director: Breezy Eason
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84.
The Phantom Express (1932)
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A railway is threatened by mysterious wrecks, which turn out to be caused by criminals using a unique deception. (70 mins.)
Director: Emory Johnson
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85.
Her Mad Night (1932)
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A woman is accused of murdering a man who molested her young daughter. (67 mins.)
Director: E. Mason Hopper
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86.
The Lost Atlantis (1932)
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Two soldiers--searching the Sahara for Atlantis--are captured by raiders from the lost city. They are... (81 mins.)
Director: G.W. Pabst
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87.
Murder at Dawn (1932)
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Mad scientist works on a death ray in his mountain hideaway. (62 mins.)
Director: Richard Thorpe
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88.
Hotel Continental (1932)
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(1932, Tiffany) Peggy Shannon, Theodore Von Eltz, Alan Mowbray. A posh hotel is about to close its doors forever... (67 mins.)
Director: Christy Cabanne
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89.
The Girl from Chicago (1932)
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An undercover government agent on a case in Mississipi meets and falls in love with a beautiful young woman who's being menaced by a local crime boss... (70 mins.)
Director: Oscar Micheaux
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90.
After Dark (1933)
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If it wasn't British, this would be in the Forgotten Horrors book. Hugh (Inspector Holt in HUMAN MONSTER) has some valuable jewels stolen... (45 mins.)
Director: Albert Parker
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91.
The Savage Girl (1932)
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A white jungle goddess is protected by a fierce killer gorilla. (66 mins.)
Director: Harry Fraser
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92.
War Babies (1932 Short Film)
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A group of soldiers in a café watch a dancer as she entertains them, but later two of them become rivals over her. (11 mins.)
Director: Charles Lamont
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93.
Discarded Lovers (1932)
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In this murder mystery, sexy blonde film star Irma Gladden is found dead in her car after shooting the last scene in her film... (60 mins.)
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94.
The Monster Walks (1932)
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People in an old dark house on a stormy night are menaced by a killer ape. (63 mins.)
Director: Frank Strayer
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95.
A Bill of Divorcement (1932)
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A man, Hilary Fairfield returns home after fifteen years in a mental asylum. However, he finds things are not the way they were when he left. (70 mins.)
Director: George Cukor
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96.
The Crooked Circle (1932)
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A group of amateur detectives sets out to expose The Crooked Circle, a secretive group of hooded occultists. (70 mins.)
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97.
The Midnight Warning (1932)
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Guests at a luxury hotel are horrified when they witness a man literally "disappear into thin air." The vanished man's relatives hire a detective, who goes to the hotel to investigate the disappearance. (63 mins.)
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98.
Red-Haired Alibi (1932)
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A young girl new to the big city gets a job as a man's companion. What she doesn't know is that the man is a notorious gangster. (75 mins.)
Director: Christy Cabanne
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99.
Uptown New York (1932)
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Pat and Max are in love and share an intimate relationship. However, after Max receives his surgeon's diploma, his parents have arranged a marriage for him with a woman from a rich, good background. (80 mins.)
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100.
The Sign of Four: Sherlock Holmes' Greatest Case (1932)
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A young woman turns to Sherlock Holmes for protection when she's menaced by an escaped killer seeking missing treasure. However, when the woman is kidnapped, Holmes and Watson must penetrate the city's criminal underworld to find her. (75 mins.)
Director: Graham Cutts
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