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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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Judge Macklin
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Walter Godfrey
Harry Stubbs ...
Sheriff Moley
Guy Usher ...
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David Kummer
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Gardner
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Mrs. Godfrey
Olaf Hytten ...
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Mrs. Munn
George Baxter ...
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Katherine Morrow ...
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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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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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Couldn't get past 27 minutes
5 July 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I gave this movie a try on YouTube, which is a real test. After all, I can always hit Pause and surf the web for something else. I finally gave up on this one at about 27 minutes, when the shouting, buffoonish detective drove me away.

Let's have a look at it. The lead character, Ellery Queen, is on vacation and doesn't want to get involved. Now there's a cliché that was old when the movie was made. Unfortunately, I never find any reason to like Queen. He's just not played in an engaging manner. The fact that he - a young man - has gone on vacation for weeks with a guy who looks older than his father, just made me scratch my head. Was there really no other way to get him to the scene of the crime? Then comes the police detective, who needs to shout every line the script has given him. At half an hour in, I just wasn't hooked on the story, and I'm perfectly willing to write that time off to save myself from wasting even more.


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