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Penguin Pool Murder (1932)

Passed  -  Comedy | Drama | Mystery  -  9 December 1932 (USA)
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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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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Edna May Oliver ...
Robert Armstrong ...
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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
Rochelle Hudson ...
Telephone Operator
Wilfrid North ...
Judge
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Storyline

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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| (Turner library print)

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(RCA Photophone System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The series ground to a halt when Edna May Oliver left her RKO contract in 1935. The studio tried to continue the series with different actresses but audience interest was negligible and original novelist Stuart Palmer was not happy about this attempt at all. 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

Hildegard Withers: I was with my class of pupils.
Isadore - Student with Glasses: Where are those pupils. Whatta yuh mean by letting them go home?
Hildegard Withers: Letting them? Huh, I see you have no children of your own, Inspector. The moment you order everyone to stay, they, uh-uh,
[She clears her throat]
Hildegard Withers: ... I believe the word is "scram."
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Snappy mystery!
31 March 2004 | by (Phoenix, AZ USA) – See all my reviews

James Gleason is always a treat to watch, but the real star is Edna May Oliver. Not only the role of life time for Ms. Oliver but what a duo they make. This is wonderfully written repartee as well as being a strong whodunit.

The 1930's produced many mysteries [ The 39 Steps, The Lady Vanishes] of which a few would be counted with the best ever made; though the former is not one of the best, it is a joy to watch and listen to. From start to finish this film crackles with wit and is filled with visual tics and quirks that lead us to the conclusion that these are two souls that we will not soon want to forget.

Helen Broderick tried unsuccessfully to fill Ms. Oliver's shoes in the fourth and final installment of the Withers' series "Murder on a Bridle Path" but there was no chemistry between Gleason and Broderick as well as the fact, that it was not a well written entry. It just goes to show, that Edna May and Gleason shone as a crime fighting duet and as unlikely romantic leads.


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