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:
Astrid Allwyn ...
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
Joe, the watchman (as George Hayes)
George Cleveland ...
Simms the Steward
John M. Sullivan ...
Watson (as John Maurice Sullivan)


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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Release Date:

15 March 1934 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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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Huh...what did I just watch?
2 December 2006 | by (terra incognito) – See all my reviews

One reviewer here made some sardonic remarks and referred to this being a "Grade C" Hollywood product. If thats so, I'd hate to see what "Grade D" looks like. Normally, I can find simple enjoyments in even the lowest budgeted films of this period. I like many of the early 'Thirties films from the cheapo studios, but this is one I have no idea who it could appeal to. Forget the premise, it's all nonsense.

Only if your curious what Zeffie "Mama Joad" Tilbury was up to at this early stage in her career, would I excuse you for watching this . Old stalwart of the silent era, Gustav von Seyffertitz, is the only one of the main characters, who doesn't completely make a fool of himself.

Most of the performers look like they're acting through a thick gelatinous liquid, with such painful back and forth gestures. It looks like the director was either shouting at them in several different languages, or had them drugged.

By the 52nd minute (it felt like 92nd) Mrs. Tilbury flops in her cabin with the exhausted remark: "I've never been so bored in my life". The films one irrefutable, unintentional laugh.

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