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Curtain at Eight (1933)

 -  Mystery  -  1 October 1933 (USA)
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An elderly detective sets out to find who murdered a stage actor.

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Jim Hanvey - Detective
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Lola Cresmer
Paul Cavanagh ...
Wylie Thornton - Actor
Sam Hardy ...
Martin Gallagher - Captain of Detectives
Marion Shilling ...
Anice Cresmer
Russell Hopton ...
Terry Mooney - Reporter
Natalie Moorhead ...
Alma Jenkins Thornton
Hale Hamilton ...
Major Manning
Ruthelma Stevens ...
Doris Manning
Arthur Hoyt ...
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Dot Farley ...
Ella - Party Guest
Jack Mulhall ...
Carey Weldon
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An elderly detective sets out to find who murdered a stage actor.

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1 October 1933 (USA)  »

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Almost 'Curtains' for "Curtain At Eight"
18 December 2010 | by (Ramsey, NJ) – See all my reviews

"Curtain At Eight" is only 61 minutes long, and I can't figure out if that's an asset or a detriment. It should have been longer to allow more plot development and it suffers from an editing problem - some scenes seem to be out of sequence and continuity suffers as a result.

On the other hand, maybe it's a blessing it was wrapped up quickly, as the production in general and the acting in particular is too stagey. There were no exterior shots and I thought that Sam Hardy, as the Detective Captain, nearly sank the whole picture with his outrageous overacting and obnoxious demeanor. He detracted from every scene he was in. C. Aubrey Smith and the female actresses were quite good, and the women were attractive (always enjoy watching Dorothy Mackaill), given that this was 1933, and this was an early 30's production through and through.

The mystery was above average and accounted for my rating - after all, the play's the thing, right? It was a whodunnit right up until the final scene, and with lots of suspects to choose from.

Interesting and marginally entertaining.


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