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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
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Brand Osborne
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Thelma Parker
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Yoganda
Raymond Hatton ...
Harmon (The Hermit) (as Ray Hatton)
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Harry Carter
Berton Churchill ...
Col. Walters (as Burton Churchill)
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Kinny
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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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Something happens to someone every minute and when the crazy clock strikes--thirteen--The Lid Is Off! See more »

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Old dark house with more than the average number of hidden panels and passageways
28 August 2011 | by (Minnesota) – See all my reviews

The Crooked Circle is a crime organization that meets in a dark room. All the members wear hoods. The group has one female member. They do not like the Sphinx Club, which is a local amateur crime fighting organization that is adding one new member because of the retirement of another. --Okay, if that makes sense so far then the rest of the film will, too.

Over in the old dark house, Zasu Pitts is spooked from the first moment we see her, and that's before the real action of The Crooked Circle has even started. Soon police officer James Gleason arrives, and Zasu spends the remainder of the picture clinging to various pieces of his uniform, much to his annoyance. They make a cute couple.

Other club members—who all end up assembled at the house, of course—include Berton Churchill as a jovial host who thinks it's amusing that the Circle has vowed to kill him; Rosco Karns, who manages a few wisecracks; and C. Henry Gordon as "Yoganda," a mystic of sorts who has just joined the group, claims to have insight to future events, and may or may not be an infiltrator from the other side. Ben Lyon and Irene Purcell are the obligatory handsome young couple who are both—in different ways—deeply involved in the case.

It's totally silly, but plenty of fun.


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