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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
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Alma Jenkins Thornton
Hale Hamilton ...
Major Manning
Ruthelma Stevens ...
Doris Manning
Arthur Hoyt ...
Watkins - Night Watchman
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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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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