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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.


(as Albert Rogell)


(dialogue), (dialogue) | 1 more credit »

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Complete credited cast:
Hermann / Beppo
Barton Hepburn ...
Buddy Barton
Babe Barnes
Lester Cole ...
District Attorney
Foreman of Jury
Mrs. Warren - Nervous Woman Jury Member (as Mabel Julian Scott)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Seymour Kupper
Tommy Nicoll
Billy Wise


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






Release Date:

20 November 1929 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Midway  »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(RCA Photophone System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


March 1929 Trade Paper articles announced the cast signed for this film, including the following actors who eventually were replaced: Virginia Bradford, Wallace MacDonald, and Joan Standing. See more »


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Extremely Powerful!
10 August 2016 | by See all my reviews

I'm amazed that a previous reviewer found the sound recording of poor quality. I thought the sound recording was exceptionally good. There was no noise at all on the track and every word came across not only clearly and distinctly but with just as much recording precision as you would expect of any movie made before 1950! But it's certainly right to compare this movie with "Twelve Angry Men". I thought "Painted Faces" came out well ahead. It was brilliantly acted by Brown in an extremely difficult role. If you see the movie twice, you'll know what I mean. The actor actually signals the plot. But I didn't pick it up the first time either. Now that is ACTING! Some reviewers though he overdid the accent, but I found it quite convincing. And what a powerful plot it is! And I thought Albert S. Rogell's directorial work was absolutely brilliant. As the cover notes on the excellent Alpha DVD tell us, Rogell directs this movie with a naturalistic, overlapping style of dialogue that prefigures later works by Hawks and Altman. I haven't praised the other actors yet. ALL are brilliant. And Brown himself gives the performance of his life!

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