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The Secret of the Loch (1934)

A batty Scottish professor attempts to prove the existence of the Loch Ness Monster, but everyone thinks he's crazy. Meanwhile, a foolish young reporter attempts to get a scoop on the story.

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A batty Scottish professor attempts to prove the existence of the Loch Ness Monster, but everyone thinks he's crazy. Meanwhile, a foolish young reporter attempts to get a scoop on the story. Written by Jeremy Lunt <durlinlunt@acadia.net>

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No secret and not much of a monster either!
14 October 2006 | by See all my reviews

Amateurishly inept in all departments, but you keep watching it, hoping it will improve—especially when it's time for the special effects people to finally have their innings. Alas, it gets worse. Mind you, there are one or two redeeming features, namely Rosamund John and Nancy O'Neil. In fact, it's great to see the lovely Australian actress (born in Sydney in 1911) Nancy O'Neil in her prime. Gibson Gowland is also worth our time, but the rest of the players, including hammy Hicks and pallid Peisley, are strictly from hunger. As for the tepid, treated-for-the-most-part-as-a-silly-comedy story and the absolutely woeful special effects, the less said the better.

Film editor David Lean no doubt had an uphill battle trying to give a bit of pace and credence to Milton Rosmer's lethargic direction which misses out on just about every quality that makes a movie worth watching, including believability, atmosphere and pace.

Available on DVD through Sinister Cinema. Quality rating: seven out of ten.


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