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John T. Neville (adaptation)
Norman Battle (based on story by: Eyes of Mystery)
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Release Date:
15 November 1932 (USA) See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

William 'Stage' Boyd ... Thorwaldt Cornish (as William Boyd)

Claudia Dell ... Enid Van Buren

Huntley Gordon ... Mr. Gordon

John Harron ... Erich (as Johnny Harron)

Hooper Atchley ... Dr. Steven Walcott
Lloyd Whitlock ... Rankin

Phillips Smalley ... Dr. Bronson

Lloyd Ingraham ... Adolph Klein

Henry Hall ... Dr. Barris
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Allan Cavan ... Policeman in Hotel Room (uncredited)
Lon Poff ... Welsh (uncredited)
Art Winkler ... Jim (uncredited)

Directed by
Spencer Gordon Bennet  (as Spencer Gordon Bennett)
Writing credits
John T. Neville (adaptation and dialogue) (as John Thomas Neville)

Norman Battle (based on story by: Eyes of Mystery)

Produced by
Cliff P. Broughton .... supervising producer
George W. Weeks .... producer
Cinematography by
Jules Cronjager (photography)
Film Editing by
Byron Robinson 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ralph E. Black .... assistant director (as Ralph Black)
Sound Department
Homer Ackerman .... sound recordist
Music Department
Lee Zahler .... musical director
Other crew
George W. Weeks .... presenter

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Also Known As:
"Eyes of Mystery" - USA (reissue title)
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63 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (International Recording)
USA:Passed (National Board of Review)

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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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2 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Hard to sum up, 18 March 2012
Author: jonfrum2000 from United States

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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