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A man known to be a mute is suspected of committing a murder, as he was noticed at the scene. However, witnesses saw and heard him talking as he was leaving the scene of the crime. The police must determine if he is the actual killer or if he is being framed. Written by
A psychopath is murdering people in a small town but the police finally get a break when the killer talks to a witness after a murder. Jerome Breen (Lionel Atwill) is arrested and brought to trial but he's found not guilty when it's learned that he's deaf so he couldn't have spoken to the witness afterwards. A newspaper man keeps on Breen to see what is really going on.
THE SPHINX is pretty far-fetched as far as its story goes and how it concluded but if you're a fan of these mixtures of horror, detective and mystery then there's certainly much worse out there. This one here at least benefits from getting a very good performance from Atwill who is quite believable in the lead role but there's no question that the fake sign language might get a few laughs. The supporting cast includes Sheila Terry, Theodore Newton and Paul Hurst as the detective.
At just 64 minutes the film goes by at a very good pace and it's at least entertaining enough for you to waste a rainy day on. There's nothing ground-breaking here but fans of Atwill will want to check it out.
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