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The Crooked Circle (1932)

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A group of amateur detectives sets out to expose The Crooked Circle, a secretive group of hooded occultists.

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Nora Rafferty
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Arthur Crimmer
Ben Lyon ...
Brand Osborne
Irene Purcell ...
Thelma Parker
C. Henry Gordon ...
Yoganda
Raymond Hatton ...
Harmon (The Hermit) (as Ray Hatton)
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Harry Carter
Berton Churchill ...
Col. Walters (as Burton Churchill)
Spencer Charters ...
Kinny
Robert Frazer ...
The Stranger
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A group of amateur detectives sets out to expose The Crooked Circle, a secretive group of hooded occultists.

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"A fight to the knife and a knife to the hilt!"
20 March 2001 | by (New York City, USA) – See all my reviews

Bruce `Lucky' Humberstone's THE CROOKED CIRCLE begins with that eponymous quintet of `counterfeiters and thieves deluxe' pledging their dark allegiance (`To do for each other, to avenge any brother, a fight to the knife and a knife to the hilt!'), drawing lots from a hinged skull for the honor of bringing to ground Colonel Wolters, leader of an affluent band of amateur criminologists known as The Sphinx Club. In its second half, the film adheres faithfully to the established spookhouse syllabus (sliding panels, trap doors, and an attic stuffed with skeletons, sarcophaguses and Oriental objets d'art), with director Humberstone maximizing the felonious, comic and preternatural possibilities, all nicely complemented by the amusing dialogue of playwright Ralph Spence (THE GORILLA) and Tim Whelan. Rounding out the roster of red herrings, henchmen and gawkers are WHITE ZOMBIE's Robert Frazer, the ever-quivery Zasu Pitts (`There's a ghost in this house and when he plays the violin, something always happens to somebody!'), James Gleason as a malaprop-prone New Yawk flatfoot, KING KONG's Frank Reicher, and `queer-acting hunchback' Raymond Hatton (later the sour Farmer Larkin of INVASION OF THE SAUCER MEN). It's corny and creaky and good old fashioned fun for those hip to the charms of Poverty Row whodunits. See for yourself!


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