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A Strange Adventure (1932)

Passed  -  Mystery | Romance | Thriller  -  20 November 1932 (USA)
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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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June Clyde ...
'Nosey' Toodles
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Miss Sheen
Jason Robards Sr. ...
Dr. Bailey (as Jason Robards)
William V. Mong ...
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)
Harry Myers ...
Police Officer Ryan
Eddy Chandler ...
Police Sgt. Kelly (as Eddie Chandler)
Fred 'Snowflake' Toones ...
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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Another in the Old Dark House Vein
8 December 2004 | by (Flushing, NY) – See all my reviews

Silas Wayne is about to read the benefactors of his will to his nearest relatives and associates (whom he all hates and thinks nothing of), when he fulfills the eternal movie cliché of dying just before he is about to read the stipulations. Two police officers (who were summoned by Wayne, so that he could reveal a criminal in his midst to) summon Detective Sergeant Mitchell to investigate the murder. Nosy Toodles (a newspaper reporter) also works to solve the crime with Mitchell, much to his regret. The prime suspect is Claude Wayne, nephew and secretary to the murdered man, who stole a valuable diamond which was to be given to Wayne's maid, Ms. Sheen, but a mysterious cloaked figure lurks the house that evening and strangles Claude Wayne and also tries to eliminate all the other murder suspects one by one. This movie was described on the title card as "A Monogram Melodrama" and the filmmakers emphasized that part to the fullest. It has plenty of murder mystery clichés and performances that are respective of the genre, but the film is badly directed by Whitman, with many scenes just taken forever to go on. June Clyde probably gives the only performance with any life in it, and Snowflake's "comedy" antics are somewhat painful to watch. The end does seem to come out of nowhere, since I thought a lot more substance would precede it. All in all, a decent poverty row mystery. Rating, 5.


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