Cub reporter Dusty investigates the murder of the District Attorney and stumbles into a plot involving a kidnapping and a crooked election.

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Cub reporter Dusty investigates the murder of the District Attorney and stumbles into a plot involving a kidnapping and a crooked election.

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21 September 1931 (USA)  »

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Boris Karloff was shooting this movie when James Whale, director of Frankenstein (1931), spotted him eating lunch in the Universal commissary. Whale saw Karloff's height and rather boxy head and decided to offer him a test for the role of the Monster in "Frankenstein," which became Karloff's star-making role. See more »

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The first name of the district attorney changes several times during the film. He is Carter Harrison in the opening credits, Martin Harrison on the door to his office, Carter again in the newspaper headlines announcing his murder, Martin in the final scenes and Carter in the closing credits. See more »

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Graft (1931) *1/2
8 February 2006 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

A cheap and rather unremarkable film about a zany wannabe reporter (Regis Toomey) who tries to earn his wings by trailing a crooked politician and his murdering henchman (played by Boris Karloff). Though the movie is nothing much, it runs only 58 minutes and Karloff is at least featured steadily throughout. It's interesting to watch him strut his stuff if you're a fan of his (and he does get to say some funny lines).

This is supposedly the pre-FRANKENSTEIN feature where director James Whale noticed Boris in the Universal commissary and convinced him that Karloff had the perfect look to play the Monster. *1/2 out of ****


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