When the skeleton of a young man is dug up in an alley, a mysterious Chinese merchant and his eccentric upstairs tenants come under suspicion. The team of Inspector Carr and Dr. Crabtree ... See full summary »
When the skeleton of a young man is dug up in an alley, a mysterious Chinese merchant and his eccentric upstairs tenants come under suspicion. The team of Inspector Carr and Dr. Crabtree use the skull of the victim to solve the murder. Written by
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Skull Murder Mystery, The (1932)
* 1/2 (out of 4) This time out Dr. Crabtree (Donald Crisp)
and Inspector Carr (John Hamilton) investigate a skeleton, which is
found buried behind a Chinese man's property. There are many suspects
but the focus seems to be going towards a deranged doctor. This is the
first film in the series that I've seen and I really do hope it's the
worst because this movie was pretty dreadful from start to finish. The
horror or mystery genre is certainly my favorite but I found very
little to enjoy in this movie. The skeleton being discovered the attic
scene towards the end were effective but the rest of the film was
boring and bland. The direction was what really struck out as being
poor because I couldn't tell anyone was leading the cast. Crisp has
always been an actor I like to see in movies but he too doesn't offer
anything here. Fans of the genre might want to check it out just for a
curiosity thing but the rest should avoid.
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