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The Midnight Warning (1932)

Passed  |   |  Crime, Mystery  |  15 November 1932 (USA)
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Guests at a luxury hotel are horrified when they witness a man literally "disappear into thin air." The vanished man's relatives hire a detective, who goes to the hotel to investigate the disappearance.

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(as Spencer Gordon Bennett)

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(adaptation) (as John Thomas Neville) , (based on story by: Eyes of Mystery)
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Cast overview:
William 'Stage' Boyd ...
Thorwaldt Cornish (as William Boyd)
Claudia Dell ...
Huntley Gordon ...
Mr. Gordon
John Harron ...
Erich (as Johnny Harron)
Hooper Atchley ...
Dr. Steven Walcott
Lloyd Whitlock ...
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Phillips Smalley ...
Lloyd Ingraham ...
Adolph Klein
Henry Hall ...
Dr. Barris
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Storyline

A sister & brother check into a posh hotel. Shortly thereafter, the brother is missing, & despite the sister's inquiries, no one admits to ever having seen the man. Meanwhile, a sniper shoots bullets through the window of the room that the brother & sister stayed in. Is there any connection between these events? That's the mystery. Written by dwiurx2 (Long Island)

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Crime | Mystery

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15 November 1932 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Eyes of Mystery  »

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(International Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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William 'Stage' Boyd's character has his first name billed as 'Thorwaldt' but is always referred to as 'William' or 'Bill.' See more »

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Remade as Dangerous Crossing (1953) See more »

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Hard to sum up
18 March 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Reviewing this movie is a bit tricky. First, it was made in 1932, and we can't expect too much. The acting is stilted, and the dialogue.... is sometimes.... a bit stiff. Then, part of the detective's success depends on his super-duper binocular-glasses, which is more than a bit goofy. They look like something out of the back of a comic book, circa 1955. Between the set-up and the climax scene at the end, it drags, and I found myself pausing it and browsing web sites for a while.

The end of the action, as mentioned in some other reviews, is actually pretty harrowing, if you imagine watching it in a dark movie theatre in 1932. The scene seems to come out of nowhere in this otherwise standard genre film. If the rest of the film had been up to that standard, it would have been a much better production.

Finally, the denouement is a surprising twist - it doesn't work out anything like you'd expect in the genre. Let's just say it's far more ambiguous than Hollywood usually produced. I'd say it's worth watching if you're a fan of the genre and films of the early talkie era. Just don't expect too much - I don't know how another reviewer gave this nine stars. Different strokes, I guess.


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