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:
Eve Mannering Durand
Gilbert Emery ...
Sir Frederick Bruce (as Gilbert Emory)
Claude King ...
Sir George Mannering
Philip Strange ...
Eric Durand
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 ...
E.L. Park ...


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 <>

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Release Date:

30 June 1929 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bag Forhænget  »

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(Western Electric System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Did You Know?


The third of 47 Charlie Chan movies. See more »


Sir Frederick Bruce: What no man speaks, no man knows.
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Followed by Charlie Chan in Panama (1940) See more »

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The movie giveth little, taketh away 91 minutes from life.
19 August 2004 | by (Flushing, NY) – See all my reviews

Sir George Mannering disapproves of the relationship of his daughter Eve and Eric Durand to a point where he hires Hilary Galt to investigate Durand's previous activities. Galt is found murdered and Eve announces to her father that she and Eric eloped and they will be moving to Egypt, devastating Sir George and American explorer Col. John Beetham, who is infatuated with Eve. Scotland Yard inspector, Sir Frederick Bruce, believes Durand had a hand in the murder of Galt, and tracks him down in Egypt, while in the meantime, Beetham meets up with Eve in Egypt, she runs away from him (its been implied that Durand has been hot-n-heavy with the maid), but then Durand goes after her to prevent Eve from telling the police what she knows about Galt's murder. If you are looking forward to this film as a Charlie Chan or Boris Karloff fan, you might be disappointed considering both have very little impact or to do in the story. The movie could use a better mystery angle, but the movie is faithful to the style of the Biggers books (romantic plot, with Charlie Chan as the secondary character solving the mystery). The performances and production are stale, but the fact that its 1929, with the emphasis on the movie being a talkie must be considered. Still director Cummings should have informed Philip Strange that melodrama was dead by this time. Rating, 3.

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