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The Spanish Cape Mystery (1935)

Passed | | Drama, Mystery, Romance | 9 October 1935 (USA)
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:
Judge Macklin
Walter Godfrey
Harry Stubbs ...
Sheriff Moley
Guy Usher ...
David Kummer
Mrs. Godfrey
Olaf Hytten ...
Laura Constable
Frank Leigh ...
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 <mvg@whidbey.com>

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


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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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12 May 2016 | by (Deming, New Mexico, USA) – See all my reviews

Great title, "The Spanish Cape Mystery." It carries a double meaning too. The location at which Ellery Queen and his elderly companion are vacationing is named Spanish cape. And the first murder victim among the dozen or so guests at the estate is found near the beach, wearing only bathing trunks, and covered by an opera cloak, which is some kind of cape, although not a Spanish one, as far as we know.

It's pretty routine as these 1930s murder mysteries go. Donald Cook is Ellery Queen and Berton Churchill, a great windbag, is his partner. They put up at an estate on the California coast. The other guests are in cahoots or in conflict over money or love. The butler eavesdrops. The first body shows up shortly after Queen's arrival. Then, at twelve-hour intervals, two more bodies show up. The clues point all over the place. Ellery Queen solves the mystery not so much by detection as by fulgurating intuition.

There's not much to be said about it. Cook is inoffensive as Queen. He wears a condescending smile, almost amounting to a smirk, as he watches the hapless Chief of Police try to untangle the web of clues and suspicions. Ellery Queen is sarcastically referred to by the cops as "Sherlock", "Philo", "Mr. Chan," and so forth. But he's not them, because there's nothing distinctive about Cook's Ellery Queen. He doesn't shoot dope like Sherlock, doesn't speak with an accent like Chan, and never gets tipsy like Nick Charles.

It's an inexpensive entertainment, diverting for the audience. It couldn't have been more than that.

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