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Sinister Hands (1932)

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During a séance at an elderly millionaire's house, the millionaire is murdered. The detectives investigating the crime discover that everyone who was at the séance had a motive for killing the man.

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Cast overview:
Jack Mulhall ...
Detective Capt. Herbert Devlin
Phyllis Barrington ...
Ruth Frazer
Crauford Kent ...
Judge David McLeod
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Swami Yomurda
Louis Natheaux ...
Nick Genna
Gertrude Messinger ...
Betty Lang (as Gertie Messinger)
Lloyd Ingraham ...
John Frazer
James P. Burtis ...
Detective Watkins (as Jimmy Burtis)
Phillips Smalley ...
Richard Lang
Helen Foster ...
Vivian Rogers
Lillian West ...
Mrs. Lang
Fletcher Norton ...
Monroe, the Butler
Bess Flowers ...
Mary Browne
Russ Coller ...
Tommy Lang (as Russell Collar)
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During a séance at an elderly millionaire's house, the millionaire is murdered. The detectives investigating the crime discover that everyone who was at the séance had a motive for killing the man.

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22 February 1932 (USA)  »

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Formula Works, Sort Of, Watson (Watkins)
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Apparently this was an early "talky" and that might account for the long pauses between speeches and the stilted acting. It's a typical who done it, with the long list of suspects. There are two points where the head detective stops the show and explains who each of them is and what they did. It has the last drawing room thing which is kind of fun, actually. I wouldn't want this on a regular basis, but it's kind of cool. The plot involves a murder during a séance (which the detective pronounces "see ons." There is a swami and a silly detective who is continuously being called Watson instead of Watkins. He is incompetent and no help. It's as if the police trained in a guy for his comedy relief. There are a couple gangsters (one named Lefty Louie), and a bunch of other saps, including a virginal secretary with horn rimmed glasses and a prissy suit. Anyway, they are all kept in place so one has to have done it. It has a somewhat satisfying conclusion. As with most of these stories or books, we need to keep rethinking things. It's an OK film with an interesting cast.


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