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The Ghost Camera (1933)

When a photograph is taken at the scene of a murder, the camera is tossed out of a castle window to destroy the evidence and lands in the back of a passing car belonging to chemist John ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Henry Kendall ...
Ernest Elton
Victor Stanley ...
Albert Sims (as S. Victor Stanley)
George Merritt ...
Felix Aylmer ...
Davina Craig ...
Amelia Wilkinson, a maid
Fred Groves ...
Barnaby Rudd, landlord


When a photograph is taken at the scene of a murder, the camera is tossed out of a castle window to destroy the evidence and lands in the back of a passing car belonging to chemist John Gray who becomes amateur sleuth after developing the film and goes in search of the woman captured by the photograph. When the camera is stolen from his laboratory, Gray's suspicions are further aroused. Written by Anonymous

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1934 (USA)  »

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(RCA Photophone System)

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1.37 : 1
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This film was first telecast in New York City Wednesday 1 June 1949 on WPIX (Channel 11). See more »


John Gray: I don't think I've ever been considered particularly humorous. I should think I err rather on the side of solemnity... almost morbidity.
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Destined to be remade
25 December 2004 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

A camera is found on the back seat of a motorcar. This camera is discovered by the owner of the car and here the mystery commences for the man.

He goes on a search to find the owner of the camera as it is a top-of-the-range model in order to return it and decides reluctantly to develop the exposed film in the hopes of finding a clue to the owner. Once the film is developed (he just happens to have all the equipment necessary to develop the film handy in his home) he embarks on unravelling the clues. As each clue is translated, other doors open which lead to further mystery until the story's dreadful conclusion.

Regrettably, the film has no finesse, a flaw which many films, but not all, of this time are guilty. The intensity of the mystery and how it is directed is restrained and the acting is conventional for that era. Nonetheless, in the right hands this story could work extremely well as an 'edge-of-the-seat' thriller.

I am unaware of another film made with a similar plot and believe a skillful remake would be entirely engaging. Despite the aforementioned criticism on the direction and acting it is worth a single viewing for the unique plot alone. I am surprised Hitchcock did not attempt a version.

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