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The Murder in the Museum (1934)

When a city councilman is murdered while investigating allegations of drug dealing going on a a somewhat disreputable sideshow, the daughter of the chief suspect teams up with a newspaper reporter to find the real killer.

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Bernard Latham Wayne, alias Prof. Mysto (as Henry B. Walthal)
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Jerry Ross
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Lois Brandon
Tom O'Brien ...
Alfred Carr
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Police Commissioner Brandon (as Joseph Girard)
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Katura the Seeress
Donald Kerr ...
Museum Tour Guide
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Councilman Blair Newgate
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Detective Chief Snell (as John Elliot)
Steve Clemente ...
Pedro Darro
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When a city councilman is murdered while investigating allegations of drug dealing going on a a somewhat disreputable sideshow, the daughter of the chief suspect teams up with a newspaper reporter to find the real killer.

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Sinister sideshow of death!

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27 May 1934 (USA)  »

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Despite a nice change of scenery, this one is pretty awful
1 August 2011 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

"Murder in the Museum" is a low-budget murder mystery film set at a traveling museum—a place that is more like a traveling freak show. Some of the locals are upset that such a place of 'debauchery' is int their town and some local officials visit with the intention of shutting it down. However, unexpectedly, a shot rings out and one of these men is killed—but by whom? Soon, all sorts of killing breaks out and a nosy reporter (a VERY common film cliché of the era) is out to solve the crimes.

Aside from Henry B. Walthall (a veteran supporting actor in films from 1915's "Birth of a Nation" up to about 1936), the rest of the staff are all unknowns. This is no surprise considering that the film was made by a so-called 'poverty row' studio and it's a typical 'old dark house' film that has been relocated to a weird traveling museum. The film is indifferently acted (aside from Walthall) and not particularly interesting despite its locale. Not terrible—just not all that interesting and bathed in the aura of cheapness.


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