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Painted Faces (1929)

Passed | | Crime, Mystery | 20 November 1929 (USA)
A vaudeville performer is murdered backstage and another performer is tried for the crime.

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(as Albert Rogell)

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(dialogue), (dialogue) | 1 more credit »
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Complete credited cast:
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Hermann / Beppo
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Nancy
Barton Hepburn ...
Buddy Barton
Dorothy Gulliver ...
Babe Barnes
Lester Cole ...
Roderick
Richard Tucker ...
District Attorney
Purnell Pratt ...
Foreman of Jury
Mabel Julienne Scott ...
Mrs. Warren - Nervous Woman Jury Member (as Mabel Julian Scott)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Seymour Kupper
Tommy Nicoll
Billy Wise
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Storyline

After a vaudeville performer is murdered backstage, framed-up evidence lead the police to arrest a troupe member. At his trial, Hermann, a Scandinavian clown known as Beppo, is the lone juror holding out against conviction and pleading for his innocence and acquittal. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Crime | Mystery

Certificate:

Passed
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20 November 1929 (USA)  »

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Midway  »

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(RCA Photophone System)

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1.33 : 1
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March 1929 Trade Paper articles announced that this film, under the titles "Midway" and "The Midway" was to be directed by Albert Ray. Eventually he was replaced by Albert S. Rogell. See more »

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Somebody Just Like You
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Written by Abner Silver
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Creaky Mess
26 December 2002 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

Antique, static, early talkie, a sort of bad Lon Chaney version of TWELVE ANGRY MEN. Joe E. Brown gives a good performance as Hermann, a clown on the jury (yes, he plays a clown and he is on the jury) who is the lone holdout for acquittal, but between poor sound recording and his stage-Dutch accent, the whole thing turns into a mess. Brown is excellent in the circus scenes (yes, circus scenes) when he is doing his clowning, but otherwise, there is not much here of interest.


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