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Mystery Liner (1934)

Passed  -  Adventure | Mystery  -  15 March 1934 (USA)
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Police try to solve a murder on board an ocean liner.

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Complete credited cast:
Noah Beery ...
Astrid Allwyn ...
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Major Pope
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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15 March 1934 (USA)  »

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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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A Real Sleeper Ship
24 February 2004 | by (Flushing, NY) – See all my reviews

Professor Grimson invents a device which can power a liner by remote control. Obviously enemy spies would love to get ahold of the device and send an agent to mix among the various vacationers unnoticed while he or she sabotaged the ship. The inventor is strangled and the crew must wait until the steering experiment is proven a success before the saboteur strikes, and what has this all to do with the ship's captain, Holling taking ill right before the ship is to depart. Very shoddy script and direction send this one to Davy Jones locker. The first 45 minutes is describing parts of the mechanism, then introducing the passengers and watching them mingle with each other before anything remotely interesting happens at the end, which last about three minutes, and seems so out of place with the pace of the earlier footage. Not good, even by Monogram standards. Zeffie Tilbury is annoying as the old lady looking for romance. Only plus for this film for me, was that, as always, Astrid Allwyn looked cute as a button. Edwin Maxwell and Gustav Von Seyffertitz lend a sinister presence. Rating- 3.


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