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The Skull Murder Mystery (1932)

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 »

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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 Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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March 1932 (USA)  »

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S.S. Van Dine Mystery Series #6: The Skull Murder Mystery  »

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Vitaphone production reels #1348-1349. See more »

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Followed by The Trans-Atlantic Mystery (1932) See more »

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29 May 2009 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

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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