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The Circus Queen Murder (1933)

 -  Mystery  -  10 April 1933 (USA)
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Suave, lip-reading DA Thatcher Colt plans to get away from the big city for a while. So he and his secretary, Miss Kelly hop on a train for an Upstate NY town called Gilead. They expect a ... See full summary »



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Cast overview:
Donald Cook ...
Josie La Tour
Ruthelma Stevens ...
Miss Kelly
Harry Holman ...
Jim Dugan
John T. Rainey


Suave, lip-reading DA Thatcher Colt plans to get away from the big city for a while. So he and his secretary, Miss Kelly hop on a train for an Upstate NY town called Gilead. They expect a calm oasis, but when a small time circus rolls into town they soon find themselves caught up in a sordid tale of marital infidelity, murder, cruelty to animals, and cannibalism. Written by Cameron Majidi <>

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10 April 1933 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Murder of the Circus Queen  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Greta Nissen, who plays Josie La Tour, was the female lead in the never-released silent version of 'Howard Hughes'' Hell's Angels (1930). Since her German accent would have been unbelievable as the voice of an Englishwoman, she was replaced by Jean Harlow in the sound version. See more »


Thatcher Colt: It's a well known fact that cannibals differ from the rest of us in their dietary customs.
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Follows The Night Club Lady (1932) See more »

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Psycho at the circus!
11 March 2010 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is a highly entertaining B mystery movie. While a ton of these type of movies were made in the 1930s and 40s, this one is a bit different. First, Adolph Menjou who plays the lead is nothing like the typical leading man in such films. Like he usually was, he's debonair and exudes class--and is so different from folks like Charlie Chan and Sherlock Holmes and the Falcon. And, he also happens to be a cop on vacation who walks into the middle of crimes--not the typical "dopey cop" you'd find in many Bs (especially the Boston Blackie films). Watching Menjou was always a pleasure and this film is no exception. An additional factor that made the film more entertaining was its begin set at a circus. There's a part of most viewers that is excited in seeing high wire acts, clowns and the like. And finally, it's interesting because the killer is just plain bonkers--and quite entertaining.

Well written and acted, this film is well worth seeing if, like me, you love B-movies. While not a great film, it is among the better examples of the genre.

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