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Curtain at Eight (1933)

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
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Wylie Thornton - Actor
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Martin Gallagher - Captain of Detectives
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Anice Cresmer
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Terry Mooney - Reporter
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Alma Jenkins Thornton
Hale Hamilton ...
Major Manning
Ruthelma Stevens ...
Doris Manning
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Watkins - Night Watchman
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Ella - Party Guest
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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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The earliest documented telecasts of this film took place on the East Coast in New York City Thursday 26 August 1948 on WCBS (Channel 2) and on the West Coast in Los Angeles Thursday 23 November 1950 on KTLA (Channel 5). See more »

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Followed by Jim Hanvey, Detective (1937) See more »

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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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