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Garrett Fort (screen play)
Edgar Wallace (from the story by)
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Release Date:
4 August 1933 (USA) See more »
Sinister forces compete to find the million dollars in gold hidden by recently deceased gangster Joe Valerie in his family's old dark house 15 years earlier, Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Hidden loot and a real clairvoyant in an old dark house See more (6 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Stuart Erwin ... Dwight Wilson
Dorothy Wilson ... Patricia

Warner Oland ... Dr. Paul Cornelius
Dudley Digges ... Horace Merrick
Gertrude Hoffman ... Mattie (as Gertrude W. Hoffman)
Oscar Apfel ... O'Hara

Frank Reicher ... Joe Valerie

Jane Darwell ... Mrs. Marble
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Stanley Blystone ... Police Car Driver (uncredited)
Ed Brady ... Paddywagon Cop (uncredited)
Tom Brower ... Detective Schultz (uncredited)
Pat O'Malley ... Detective Brady (uncredited)
Ted Oliver ... Police Desk Sergeant Hamilton (uncredited)

Irving Pichel ... Police Radio Announcer (voice) (uncredited)
Max Wagner ... Policeman in Car (uncredited)

Directed by
Irving Pichel 
Writing credits
Garrett Fort (screen play)

Edgar Wallace (from the story by)

Ralph Block  screenplay (uncredited)
Marion Dix  screenplay (uncredited)

Produced by
Shirley C. Burden .... associate producer (as Shirley Burden)
Merian C. Cooper .... executive producer
Cinematography by
Lucien N. Andriot (photographed by) (as Lucien Andriot)
Film Editing by
William Hamilton (edited by)
Set Decoration by
Carroll Clark (settings)
Van Nest Polglase (settings)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Walter Mayo .... assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Philip Faulkner Jr. .... recordist (as Philip J. Faulkner Jr.)
Camera and Electrical Department
Joseph F. Biroc .... second camera operator (uncredited)
Charles Bohny .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Music Department
Max Steiner .... musical director
Max Steiner .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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60 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Victor System)
USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #1333-R, 29 August 1935 for re-release) | USA:TV-G (TV rating)

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Hollywood Reporter news items had Gregory Ratoff, Hobart Cavanaugh and Lal Chand Mehra as cast members, but they did not appear or were not identifiable in the movie. At one point, several arrested psychics exited a police van, but only the back of their heads were visible. One was wearing a turban, a common costume for Mehra.See more »
Horace Merrick:A man might make many compromises with his integrity for... ah... oh... say... a half million dollars.See more »
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Hidden loot and a real clairvoyant in an old dark house, 25 July 2014
Author: csteidler from Minnesota

Detective Stuart Erwin is unimpressed by the sign reading "Mlle. Mystera – Psychic Readings/Vocational Guidance." And when the psychic is unable to contact his deceased Aunt Minnie, he has her hauled in as a fake, along with her manager father.

Still, the young woman insists she's for real: "It's not a racket with me," she says. "I have a gift. I'm really clairvoyant. Sometimes I wish I weren't." –Dorothy Wilson is really quite good as that rare B movie character, the psychic who is neither a phony nor a nut.

Erwin and Wilson are appealing and even believable as they gradually earn each other's respect. The plot takes them both to a spooky old house that may contain hidden robber's loot, and whose elderly resident recently saw a ghost and dropped dead of fright—or was she murdered?

Warner Oland is excellent as a mysterious doctor who knows something about the treasure and whose sinister demeanor may or may not indicate his involvement in these dark doings.

An exciting climax includes a secret passage attached to a dark staircase leading down, down…. This one is lots of fun.

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