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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 ...
Gardner
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Mrs. Godfrey
Olaf Hytten ...
DuPre
Ruth Gillette ...
Laura Constable
Frank Leigh ...
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Mrs. Munn
George Baxter ...
John Marco
Katherine Morrow ...
Pitts
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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 <mvg@whidbey.com>

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vacation | detective | cabin | travel | murder | See more »

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

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Drama | Mystery | Romance

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9 October 1935 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mistério da Capa Espanhola  »

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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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Godfrey Family Values
7 June 2013 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

The first Ellery Queen story to hit the big screen was The Spanish Cape Mystery and it starred Donald Cook as the intellectual crime solver and mystery writer. After solving a jewel theft, Cook decides he needs a vacation and he and Judge Berton Churchill take a cottage on the California coast.

But no sooner do they get there than they get involved with a whole series of murders perpetrated against the Godfrey family who have gathered together. All the possible heirs to a fortune are there as the bodies start dropping.

Cook develops a special interest in the family, especially in regard to Helen Twelvetrees. He also as a nasty antagonistic relationship with the local sheriff Harry Stubbs who finally has come begging for Cook's help.

I have to say that Cook was all right in the part, not as bad as Eddie Quillan the following year. This film and Quillan's were made by Republic Pictures, but when the Ellery Queen series was picked up again it was by Columbia where Ralph Bellamy took over the part. Bellamy was far better in what my conception of Ellery Queen was.

Still this one is all right and competently made.


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