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The Murder in the Museum (1934)

 -  Thriller  -  27 May 1934 (USA)
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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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Henry B. Walthall ...
Bernard Latham Wayne, alias Prof. Mysto (as Henry B. Walthal)
John Harron ...
Jerry Ross
Phyllis Barrington ...
Lois Brandon
Tom O'Brien ...
Alfred Carr
Joseph W. Girard ...
Police Commissioner Brandon (as Joseph Girard)
Symona Boniface ...
Katura the Seeress
Donald Kerr ...
Museum Tour Guide
Sam Flint ...
Councilman Blair Newgate
John Elliott ...
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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good but creaky film with a unique setting
19 January 2008 | by (Glen Cove, New York) – See all my reviews

During lunch a friend and I watched most of Murder in the Museum, a creaky 1934 movie set in a side show thats called a museum. Actually its closer to what PT Barnum ran for years in New York, except that this museum also deals drugs.

The plot has a crusading politician killed while making an inspection of the vile den prior to his formal attempts to close the place down.

This is a a slow moving movie that is interesting in its view of the side show or Carny life in the 1930's. We see suckers scammed into paying extra to see a racy dance that isn't racy, until the cops leave and then they are hit for even more money to see a different dance. The dance is so un-risqué that a even a small child would wonder what the fuss is about. However unique the dancing is the movie does sport some interesting pre-code asides and lines that are still ribald by todays standards.

The movie is an interesting way to spend an hour, or less if your watching it with a pressed for time friend who insists you jump to the end to see who did it. While my friend was proved right as to the killer we were lost as to the clues mentioned since we had missed about 20 minutes of screen time. I will be going back to see what exactly those clues are soon.

I liked it. Its no great shakes but as an off beat mystery from before the code its not a bad way to spend an evening in front of the TV. Do you need to buy it? No, but if it should happen to be on TV why not tape many other modern mysteries which are twice its length.


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