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The King Murder (1932)

 -  Mystery  -  10 October 1932 (USA)
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A beautiful blonde makes a career out of seducing and then blackmailing wealthy married men. She is found murdered after demanding a $5000 payoff from her latest victim, and the detective ... See full summary »

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Cast overview:
Conway Tearle ...
Detective Chief Henry Barton
Natalie Moorhead ...
Elizabeth Hawthorn
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Pearl Hope
Dorothy Revier ...
Miriam King
Don Alvarado ...
Jose Moreno
Huntley Gordon ...
Arthur B. Bronnell
Maurice Black ...
Philip Scott
Robert Frazer ...
Van Kempen
Rose Dione ...
Miss Duval, Maid
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A beautiful blonde makes a career out of seducing and then blackmailing wealthy married men. She is found murdered after demanding a $5000 payoff from her latest victim, and the detective investigating the case finds out that she was involved in a lot more than just blackmail. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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The film was fairly closely based on the real-life murder of New York showgirl Dorothy "Dot" King in March 1923. Like the character of Miriam King in the movie, the real Dot King was both a perpetrator and a victim of blackmail, and was having simultaneous affairs with at least two rich married men. Other films inspired by the Dot King murder include The Canary Murder Case (1929) and The Naked City (1948). See more »

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Mama Don't 'Low
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Overture to "The Flying Dutchman" (uncredited)
Music by Richard Wagner
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Bring Back Dorothy Revier!
14 June 2008 | by See all my reviews

It's a remarkable fact that some of the "B" directors like Richard Thorpe adapted to sound much faster than acclaimed "A" leaders like John Ford and Howard Hawks. Thorpe's Border Romance (1929) is very competently made indeed, and in this 1932 production he could still give some of the masters a keen lesson in pacing. Indeed, the first two reels move with such celerity that the average viewer needs to be really on his toes to keep up with the plot. And at this stage it's worth paying attention, because the sultry Dorothy Revier is right up there on the screen. When she is killed, the pace slows somewhat when the focus shifts to Marceline Day (who is too rake-thin for my taste) and plodding-as-she-goes hero, Conway Tearle. Nonetheless, the mystery is still intriguing enough, and Thorpe makes good use of Universal's standing sets to give the movie a bit of class. Natalie Moorhead is exotic enough to command a bit of interest, and an outstanding cameo by Rose Dione also helps. Alas, as usual in many of these Poverty Row thrillers, the solution to the mystery is somewhat contrived. Also disappointing is the revelation of the actual killer. In fact the whole climax is a letdown. One gets the impression that the producer ran out of money at this stage and simply wound the film down. Curtain!


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