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Behind That Curtain (1929)

Unrated  |   |  Mystery  |  30 June 1929 (USA)
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Eve Mannering realizes too late that her abusive husband is a philanderer and murderer and seeks protection with her true love, explorer John Beetham.

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Complete credited cast:
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Eve Mannering Durand
Gilbert Emery ...
Sir Frederick Bruce (as Gilbert Emory)
Claude King ...
Sir George Mannering
Philip Strange ...
Eric Durand
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Beetham's Manservant
Jamiel Hasson ...
Sahib Hana
Peter Gawthorne ...
British Police Inspector
John Rogers ...
Alf Pornick
Edgar Norton ...
Hilary Galt
Frank Finch Smiles ...
Galt's Clerk
Mercedes De Valasco ...
Nuna
E.L. Park ...
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Storyline

Sir George hires Hillary Gatt to find out more about Eric who wants to marry Lois. Gatt is murdered and the couple, married, run off to India. Old friend John Beetham sympathizes with the bride who sees that her hubby is a liar and drunk. John and Lois fly to San Francisco. Eric shows up and tries to kill John, but Scotland Yard's Lt. Charlie Chan intervenes. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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30 June 1929 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric System)

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1.20 : 1
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The first Charlie Chan film at Fox studios. See more »

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British Police Inspector: Then you think he killed Hilary Galt?
Sir Frederick Bruce: No, my friend, that is not proof. One never knows what lies behind the curtain.
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Follows The Chinese Parrot (1927) See more »

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The sound premiers of Boris Karloff and Charlie Chan
3 September 2001 | by (Atlanta, GA, U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

The first half of "Behind That Curtain" is a excellent example of the drawbacks of early talkies. Except for Warner Baxter, all the actors indulge in over-enunciation to the extent that they often sound as if English is not their first language. The camera is nailed down in one long interior scene after another with the occasional mike boom shadow crossing faces. The second half, however, is a strong improvement. The lead actress learns how to properly emote and there are a number of excellent exteriors in the desert and in downtown San Francisco of 1929. Also livening events in the last half are cameo appearances by Boris Karloff and the character Charlie Chan, both in their first talkie appearances. Chan is played for once by an actual Asian person and Karloff has a good scene where he has to pretend to be mute, giving a glimpse of his later masterful work as Frankenstein' monster. He is also given the horrible line, "the desert gives and the desert takes away" but imparts a wonderful sense of mystery to it.


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