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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 ...
Barry Costello
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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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9 December 1932 (USA)  »

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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

Oscar Piper: It takes a certain type to be a detective.
Hildegard Withers: Well, I've noticed that.
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Followed by Forty Naughty Girls (1937) See more »

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a great beginning
28 May 2002 | by (usa) – See all my reviews

This is the first of three films that Oliver and Gleason made together as teacher Miss Withers and Inspector Piper. It is also the best, though Murder on the Blackboard is also top notch. The series continued without Oliver, but not at the same level. The dialogue is witty, prim, sarcastic and sometimes even suggestive. Gleason and Oliver have a fabulous chemistry, the likes of which would never been seen today, due to casting decisions that have more to do with pretty faces that acting talent and intelligence. If you like early talkie mysteries, this one will satisfy anytime.


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