Police try to solve a murder on board an ocean liner.

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Astrid Allwyn ...
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Gustav von Seyffertitz ...
Inspector Von Kessling
Ralph Lewis ...
Prof. Grimson
Cornelius Keefe ...
First Officer Cliff Rogers
Zeffie Tilbury ...
Granny Plimpton
Boothe Howard ...
Capt. Downey
Howard C. Hickman ...
Dr. Howard (as Howard Hickman)
Jerry Stewart ...
Edgar Morton
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Joe, the watchman (as George Hayes)
George Cleveland ...
Simms the Steward
John M. Sullivan ...
Watson (as John Maurice Sullivan)
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Captain Holling is relieved of command of his ship after he suffers a nervous breakdown. His replacement, Captain Downey, takes over the liner just as it is about to be used for an experiment in remote control. Professor Grimson has devised a system for controlling the ship from a laboratory on land. But as Grimson demonstrates the system and the special component that makes it work, a rival group is listening in, hoping to use the device for its own purposes. Shortly after the demonstration, the professor is attacked and fatally injured. Major Pope comes on board to investigate the attack, and he decides to come along on the planned trip. Soon the ship is full of passengers and crew--and at least two of the ship's occupants are really enemy agents. Written by Snow Leopard

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The Ghost of a Former Captain ... A Maniac at Large on Shipboard! ... Murder after Murder! ... A Masterless Ship Plowing the Fog-Enshrouded Seas! See more »

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Adventure | Mystery

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15 March 1934 (USA)  »

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Det mystiske skib  »

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Prof. Grimson: The - ah - tube controls the energy, which will operate it by radio.
First Officer Cliff Rogers: It's uncanny, Professor.
Prof. Grimson: It's... science.
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Dated melodrama
22 January 2007 | by (Connecticut) – See all my reviews

This Edgar Wallace murder mystery takes place aboard an ocean liner being piloted automatically, as everyone and his grandmother is trying to get hold of the tube that pilots the ship without benefit of human hands. Ed Maxwell, veteran of the early silver seen, has a decent role as an investigating private eye. He may remind some of Nero Wolfe. Zeffie Tilbury, as Granny Plympton, a familiar face from Little Rascals shorts, was the most annoying character. No mystery here, and dreadfully acted and sound-produced to boot. It feels like a play transferred directly to Hollywood. Some of the performers would appear to have come right from the NY stage.


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