Inspector Marotte, attending an auction of rare collectible books previously ownded by the recently murdered M. Le Duc de Poisse, hopes he can catch his old nemesis Prahec, a murderer and ...
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Inspector Marotte, attending an auction of rare collectible books previously ownded by the recently murdered M. Le Duc de Poisse, hopes he can catch his old nemesis Prahec, a murderer and book thief. More murders occur at the deceased's estate when it is learned that a rare first edition of the Gutenberg Bible is hidden on the premises. Among all the friends, relatives, and servants gathering at the estate, Marotte is finally able to reveal the identity of Prahec and apprehend the guilty. Written by
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Great Performances From Claire Dodd and Alice White
The Secret Of the Château is a wonderful little gem of a movie from 1934. I don't think it's ever been released on DVD but it's been available to watch on You Tube and some other sites.
The beautiful Claire Dodd plays Julie Verlaine - a book thief who has just been released from serving six months in jail. At a rare book auction she steals a valuable first edition and befriends a man she thinks is a poor artist. The man, played by Jack LaRue, turns out to be a rich playboy who has just inherited a priceless book. She goes to his home with the intentions of stealing the book. Soon she finds out she is not the only one who wants to get this book and people are even willing to murder for it.
Alice White plays Didi, a gold digging blonde, who claims Jack's late uncle owes her money. She gives a wonderful, feisty performance and steals ever scene she is one. The movie is worth watching just for Alice and all her great one liners.
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