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House of Mystery (1934)

 -  Horror | Mystery  -  30 March 1934 (USA)
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An ancient curse and a killer ape are contained inside an old dark mansion.

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Cast

Cast overview:
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 ...
Mrs. Geraldine Carfax
Harry C. Bradley ...
Prof. Horatio Potter (as Harry Bradley)
Irving Bacon ...
Police Insp. Ned Pickens
Mary Foy ...
Mrs. 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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What Was This Phantom Murderer? What Was This Midnight Menace? And Why Did Its Victims Die A Horrible Death? See more »

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Horror | Mystery

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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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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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Monkey business
17 July 2012 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

An archaeologist (Clement) offends the Hindu spirit of Khali whilst on the Sub-Continent, then returns to England with his ill-gotten gains peddling a ruse that the fortune he's amassed is tainted by debilitating visions of apes crushing his windpipe, in an attempt to put off suspicion and the investors in his expedition who've come to collect their dues.

Comedy-thriller is nothing more than a haunted house romp, with Clement starring as the charlatan John Prendergast (aka Pren), fond of the liquor and the ladies, particularly his nubile house nurse Hillie which upsets his faithful Indian servant-woman Joy. Irving Bacon is quite amusing as the detective without a clue, while Sheehan does a pretty good Groucho Marx impersonation as Scotland Yard incognito.

Mild slapstick and witty dialogue couple with some innovative camera angles and dolly tracking, unusual for 1934 cinematography leave an impression, but otherwise, there's little to entertain even at barely 62 minutes brief.


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