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
Irene Purcell ...
Thelma Parker
C. Henry Gordon ...
Yoganda
Raymond Hatton ...
Harmon (The Hermit) (as Ray Hatton)
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Harry Carter
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Col. Walters (as Burton Churchill)
Spencer Charters ...
Kinny
Robert Frazer ...
The Stranger
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Yvonne
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Rankin
Christian Rub ...
Old Dan
Tom Kennedy ...
Mike, the policeman
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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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25 September 1932 (USA)  »

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Noche de fantasmas  »

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Before going to a massive broadcasting, only about half a dozen people in the Los Angeles area owned a TV in 1933. But those handful of early adopting TV geeks were in for a special treat on March 10th of that year when the movie The Crooked Circle was broadcast in its entirety.

That day the campy detective flick became the first feature film ever broadcast on TV when experimental Los Angeles station W6XAO-TV beamed it out from the corner of 7th and Bixel Streets in downtown. It was still playing in local theaters at the time. See more »

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Typical old dark house comedy-mystery
19 September 2010 | by (Edinburgh, Scotland, UK) – See all my reviews

The Crooked Circle is a film that has a lot more potential than it fully realizes. It starts with an intriguing scene with a group of black hooded individuals in an underground room. These shady characters are the Crooked Circle and they are planning revenge on a group of amateur sleuths called the Sphinx Club. Now this set-up makes it sound like the movie could go in an interesting direction with both these groups fighting against each other. Unfortunately, the focus is subsequently too often on comedy, rather than suspense.

The film takes the form of the old dark house format which was hugely popular in the 1930's. The house itself is full of the usual array of secret passageways, trap-doors and hidden rooms that was part and parcel in these movies. The mystery isn't ultimately too compelling, although there is a reasonable twist near the end. It's as creaky as you would expect but not without some charm.


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