Shady stockbroker and abusive husband Gerald Parker is found dead in the penguin pool of a NYC aquarium after being knocked cold by his wife's boyfriend.

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Gwen Parker
Donald Cook ...
Philip Seymour
Edgar Kennedy ...
Donovan
Clarence Wilson ...
Bertrand B. Hemingway (as Clarence H. Wilson)
James Donlan ...
Fink
Gustav von Seyffertitz ...
Von Donnen (as Gustav Von Seyffertitz)
William Le Maire ...
MacDonald (as William LeMaire)
Joe Hermano ...
Chicago Lew
Guy Usher ...
Gerald Parker
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Telephone Operator
Wilfrid North ...
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The body of unscrupulous stockbroker Gerald Parker suddenly appears in the penguin tank at the aquarium. Naturally, suspicion falls on his wife and her boyfriend, who were present. Inspector Piper investigates with the unsolicited aid of teacher Hildegard Withers, a witness who's taken an interest in the case; Piper develops a grudging respect for Miss Withers' acumen (and sharp tongue), as they search among the red herrings for the aquarium killer... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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9 December 1932 (USA)  »

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The Penguin Pool Murder  »

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(RCA Photophone System)

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1.37 : 1
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The first of three appearances by Edna May Oliver as Hildegarde Withers, the others being Murder on the Blackboard (1934) and Murder on a Honeymoon (1935). See more »

Goofs

The boom's shadow appears on a column behind Edna Mae Oliver when Miss Withers is looking through the aquarium at night. See more »

Quotes

Oscar Piper: Phooey! What's good looks got to do with romance?
Hildegard Withers: Young man, have you ever looked at yourself in the mirror?
Oscar Piper: Sure. Have you?
Hildegard Withers: I was in hopes you wouldn't bring that up.
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Referenced in Murder on the Blackboard (1934) See more »

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Edna May Oliver rules
20 December 2004 | by (Pennsylvania) – See all my reviews

I haven't seen this film for many years, but the performances by Edna May Oliver and James Gleason are memorable. Miss Oliver's performance was brilliant enough to command the release of other movies starring her as Hildegard Martha Withers. This group of movies also represented, I believe, an attempt by the studio to make Edna May Oliver (who was not British, by the way, but solidly American) a leading lady. That attempt failed, probably because she was not a sex symbol. But in the Penguin Pool Murder she wins over James Gleason by the sheer force of her character, and when he finally succumbs she characteristically responds, "I thought you'd never ask!" Or perhaps she was not cast more as a leading lady because she was, simply put, unsurpassed as a character actress. It isn't that she wasn't a box-office draw; for, as a gentleman who lived through the golden age of Hollywood once said to me, "Who didn't love Edna May Oliver !"


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