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House of Mystery (1934)

An ancient curse and a killer ape are contained inside an old dark mansion.

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(screenplay) (as Albert De Mond), (play) (as Adam Hull Shirk)
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Ed Lowry ...
Dylan 'Jack' Armstrong
Verna Hillie ...
Ella Browning
John Sheehan ...
Harry Smith
Brandon Hurst ...
Hindu Priest
Joyzelle Joyner ...
Chanda (as Laya Joy)
Fritzi Ridgeway ...
Stella Walker
Clay Clement ...
John Prendergast aka John Pren
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David Fells (as George Hayes)
Dale Fuller ...
Geraldine Carfax
Harry C. Bradley ...
Prof. Horatio Potter (as Harry Bradley)
Irving Bacon ...
Police Insp. Ned Pickens
Mary Foy ...
Hyacinth Potter
Sam Godfrey ...
Jerome Ellis (as Samuel Godfrey)
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An ancient curse and a killer ape are contained inside an old dark mansion.

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Out of the Mystic Temples of Old India crept this terrible Monster ... to wreak vengeance of the Hindu Gods ... One by one its victims fell with not a trace of the bloody assassin. See more »

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30 March 1934 (USA)  »

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Curse of Kai  »

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(Balsley and Phillips Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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This film's earliest documented telecast in New York City took place Friday 12 May 1950 on the Night Owl Theatre on WPIX (Channel 11). See more »

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Prof. Horatio Potter: I shan't be able to go my dear. I must be at the museum. They're going to unwrap the mummy of Ramses the Fourth.
Mrs. Hyacinth Potter: Listen, you worm: you'll be at Mr. Pren's house tomorrow night and forget all about Ramses the Fourth or I'll make a mummy out of Potter the First!
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Clunky Monkey
2 April 2012 | by (Edinburgh, Scotland, UK) – See all my reviews

In the 1930's there seemed to be three types of poverty row films that were made over and over again: (1) mystery films, (2) old dark house movies, (3) films featuring men in gorilla suits. The makers of House of Mystery evidently came to the natural conclusion that all of these elements should be combined together. In fact, along with films such as The Gorilla and Son of Ingagi, this film was part of a very specific sub-genre that can best be described as 'Gorilla Hiding in a House' movies.

Comedian Harry Enfield did a funny sketch once where the Arsenal football team of the 1990's played the one from the 1930's. The latter team's tactics were to kick the ball and then chase after it in a large group. Funnily enough, this is exactly what happens in these old dark house mysteries from the 30's. In them a large group of people move from room to room en mass trying to get to the bottom of some mystery or other. From a 21st century stand-point I don't think we will ever truly understand why so many films were made involving large groups of people moving from room to room in houses with hidden passageways, moving paintings and, well, men in gorilla suits. But, they sure made a lot of them in the 30's, so audiences must've liked them I guess.

In this one an immoral adventurer kills a sacred monkey in India. Once back in the USA, he gathers a group of investors together to give them the chance to obtain a fortune in gems from the Hindu temple. But naturally, things are not what they seem.

Like pretty much all of these types of movies this one is nothing great. It's creaky and obvious most of the time with only the killer gorilla providing anything in the way of thrills. I can't really recommend it exactly but if you've seem a few of these types of movies, well, this one is more of the same I suppose.


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