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A Strange Adventure (1932)

A police lieutenant and a female reporter investigate a series of murders comitted by a hooded killer in an old dark house.

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(story "The Wayne Murder Case"), (continuity) | 1 more credit »
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Miss Sheen
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Dr. Bailey (as Jason Robards)
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Silas Wayne
Eddie Phillips ...
Claude Wayne
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Robert Wayne
Nadine Dore ...
Gloria Dryden
Alan Roscoe ...
Stephen Boulter
Isabel Vecki ...
Sarah Boulter (as Isabelle Vecki)
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Police Officer Ryan
Eddy Chandler ...
Police Sgt. Kelly (as Eddie Chandler)
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Jeff (as Snowflake)
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Silas Wayne's will leaves the bulk of his estate to his niece, but the cursed Candor diamond catches the eye of someone who can't wait for the old man to die. When he's mysteriously stabbed to death in front of the police and his heirs, Detective -Sergeant Mitchell and newspaper reporter 'Nosey" Toodles work together to solve the crime. Written by Sister Grimm <srgrimm@teleport.com>

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20 November 1932 (USA)  »

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The Wayne Murder Case  »

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Not enough evidence to solve the crime; not enough story for an hour of film
28 July 2007 | by (San Diego, CA) – See all my reviews

This movie is a whodunit dressed-up like a mix of Midnight Faces (1926) with The Cat and the Canary (1927).

There is a clever twist to how the murder itself is effected, but unfortunately the story containing it is rather meager; it could have been presented in perhaps 20 minutes, rather than in the hour expended.

As in various other films, an independent investigator whose behavior is plainly illegal is tolerated rather than taken into custody or even expelled. The explanatory device, in this case, is that the officer in charge is in love with her, but credibility is over-stretched.

That officer ultimately solves the case using evidence withheld from the audience while in his possession; that evidence is not particularly surprising, but it also is not sufficiently strong, especially given that the officer had to rely upon testimony as to events at the time of the murder, rather that being himself a witness to it.

Another flaw in this story, common to a great many films of the period, is the presence of a stereotyped black servant -- dim-witted, superstitious, cowardly, and slow-moving except when terrified.


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