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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 ...
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Ruthelma Stevens ...
Doris Manning
Arthur Hoyt ...
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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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Rare Forgotten Mystery
8 August 2012 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

This is the type of film that one might find listed in the old Forgotten Horrors book about forgotten chillers from independent studios. From Majestic Pictures during the golden age of mysteries, a rare film I had tried to hunt down many years back with no luck. I was pleasantly surprised to see the film listed for sale on Amazon and quickly made the purchase.

For it's type, a 1930's independent studio release, it is quite good. An actor with many enemies is bumped off during a party at a theatre. The actor was a true rogue making it tough for the detectives probing the case. C. Aubrey Smith plays Hanvey, a cagey, methodical sleuth. While, Sam Hardy, plays Gallagher, a dim-witted police captain, played mostly for laughs. One of the running gags throughout the film is Gallagher arresting whomever is the top suspect at a certain time.

Did I mention the monkey? Groan if you want to, that's what I did when I saw him. Yes, monkeys were certainly popular in films during the late 1920's and early 1930's and yes the monkey is a suspect in the case. Although the monkey is not really annoying, far too much screen time is wasted on him, especially when considering the talented actors on hand for this minor B picture. C. Aubrey Smith is always welcomed. Ruthelma Stevens was a treat whenever she made a rare appearance. Same for Paul Cavanagh and Hale Hamilton, all excellent performers.

The finale is unique, in that Smith, like Sherlock Holmes was to do upon occasion, solves the mystery, but then lets the killer go free, feeling justice had been served. For collectors of rare films and the people like myself who enjoy the poverty row studios, warts and all.


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