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Curtain at Eight (1933)

An elderly detective sets out to find who murdered a stage actor.

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(screen story) (as Edward T. Lowe)
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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
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Major Manning
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Doris Manning
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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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Mystery

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1 October 1933 (USA)  »

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Backstage Mystery  »

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(RCA Victor System)

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1.37 : 1
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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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It's always nice to find a film "presumed lost" sitting in a DVD store!
2 July 2009 | by See all my reviews

C. Aubrey Smith is first billed in the movie credits (although Dorothy Mackaill precedes him in the advertising posters) and does a fine job too. Admittedly, he looks much older than we would expect, but he carries his detective role role with all his customary assurance, even though he is sometimes forced to play second fiddle to Sam Hardy's aggressively loud-mouthed but dim-witted policeman. The support cast is full of interesting faces, not the least of which is an amazingly well-trained chimp! Good to see reliables like villainous Paul Cavanagh and Syd Saylor plus comic relief Herman Bing and ego-bruising Russell Hopton in prominent roles. The girls are rather stylish too. I love their costumes! Despite an obvious "B" budget, director E. Mason Hopper infuses a reasonable amount of mystery and suspense into the movie's 61 minutes.


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