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The Spanish Cape Mystery (1935)

Passed  -  Drama | Mystery | Romance  -  9 October 1935 (USA)
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Detective Ellery Queen's vacation is interrupted when murder strikes next door to his oceanside cabin.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Donald Cook ...
Helen Twelvetrees ...
Stella Godfrey
Berton Churchill ...
Judge Macklin
Frank Sheridan ...
Walter Godfrey
Harry Stubbs ...
Sheriff Moley
Guy Usher ...
Inspector Queen
Huntley Gordon ...
David Kummer
Jack La Rue ...
Mrs. Godfrey
Olaf Hytten ...
Ruth Gillette ...
Laura Constable
Frank Leigh ...
Barbara Bedford ...
Mrs. Munn
George Baxter ...
John Marco
Katherine Morrow ...


New York detective Ellery Queen travels to the California coast with his friend Judge Macklin for a vacation at a rented cabin. But they don't even have a chance to unpack before they become swept up in a kidnapping and murders involving the Godfrey family who live in the Spanish Cape estate nearby. As bodies drop as often as the tides, and the local police suspect everyone in the Godfrey family, Ellery comes to the rescue and solves the crimes while romancing the family's beautiful daughter Stella. Written by Ron Kerrigan <>

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ELLERY QUEEN'S STRANGEST CASE! (original ad - all caps)


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The Spanish Cape Mystery  »

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Early in the picture, the Judge notes that Queen is not a smoker, which he confirms. However, at dinner he offers Stella a cigarette from a cigarette case, and later in the picture lights up another smoke. See more »

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7 August 2012 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

The Spanish Cape Mystery (1935)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Detective Ellery Queen (Donald Cook) and his buddy Judge Macklin (Berton Churchill) decide to go on vacation to get away from all the crime but once they arrive in Spanish Cape, CA they get mixed up with a murder case. THE Spanish CAPE MYSTERY isn't going to go down in history as one of the greatest murder-mysteries ever made but it's mildly entertaining thanks in large part to the cast. Cook is in fine form playing the slick, laid back Detective who always has something smart to say about everything. I really liked the way Cook played Queen as he managed to bring a fun style to the character and he also managed to be smart, give rude remarks and be in-your-face without becoming annoying. Churchill is also very good in his bit and I thought the two had some good comic timing together that really paid off in their scenes. Helen Twelvetress plays the love interest/suspect and she adds a lot to the picture as do the rest of the supporting players who are all basically just suspects. Like many mysteries from this era, I think the screenplays could leave a lot to be desired but for the most part what we get here is entertaining. The mystery actually works and while there might be a few questionable points, for the most part you're able to buy and enjoy the outcome of the case. There's also a very fun, pre-vacation sequence where Queen shows off his Detective skills.

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