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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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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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Okay run of the mill mystery done in by the passage of time which makes the pacing a bit tough to take
24 January 2006 | by (Glen Cove, New York) – See all my reviews

If you like murder mysteries the you've seen this movie before, probably at least a hundred times. The plot is the typical a group of people are staying at the home of a rich man who turns up dead. The police arrive to flush out the killer and its quickly revealed that everyone wanted the guy dead. Its an early sound version of the plot line you've come to know and love. Spicing things up is the addition of an Oriental fortune teller played by Misha Auer. The introductions to most of the characters come during a reading he is doing for one of the people staying at the house. Its a unique twist to the proceedings. Auer himself ends up at the house and it is during a gathering for a séance that the murder occurs.

Despite my low rating this is not a bad movie. The cast is good the mystery serviceable. The problem is that time has not been particularly kind to this movie. Its pacing is now rather slack and it seems to just go on and on. The action is a bit static. The film being a relatively early sound film is very talky at times. The detective once he appears is capable of chattering on and on a good deal. The flaws are not fatal, but since this is a path I had been down before numerous times I found that I wasn't enjoying it as much as I would if I wasn't a mystery fan.

If you're curious try it, though be warned its the type of thing you've seen before.


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