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The Rogues' Tavern (1936)

Approved | | Mystery | 4 June 1936 (USA)
A mad killer is on the loose in a hotel on a dark, gloomy night.

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Jimmy Kelly
Barbara Pepper ...
Marjorie Burns
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Gloria Robloff
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Mrs. Jamison
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Bill
John Elliott ...
Mr. Jamison
Earl Dwire ...
Morgan
John Cowell ...
Hughes (as John W. Cowell)
Vincent Dennis ...
Bert
Arthur Loft ...
Wentworth
Ivo Henderson ...
Harrison
Ed Cassidy ...
Mason
Silver Wolf ...
Silver Wolf
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A mad killer is on the loose in a hotel on a dark, gloomy night.

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When Mrs. Jamison (Clara Kimball Young) has her speech at the end of the film, a photograph of the younger Clara Kimball Young is visible behind her. See more »

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Camera shadow on the side of the large table during the opening tracking shot of the tavern's main room. See more »

Quotes

Gloria Robloff: [Harrison's been attacked and is dying] The cards DIDN'T lie.
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Remade as The Black Raven (1943) See more »

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So-so old house mystery
23 July 2011 | by (Minnesota) – See all my reviews

The Rogues Tavern starts out promisingly: an opening scene features a nearly silent, deliberately-paced panning shot of the hotel commons area and its various guests, all sitting quietly. The camera pauses on each face or silent group, finally closing in on Joan Woodbury reading cards and delivering a fortune to a fellow guest—a reading that ends suddenly when she turns up the ace of spades, the card of death! It's a wonderfully atmospheric setup that promises a spooky tale of hidden motives and secretive characters, possibly with a touch of the supernatural mixed in.

Alas, along come Wallace Ford and Barbara Pepper as a pair of runaway department store detectives who have apparently eloped with no better plan than to run off into the night hoping vaguely to find a justice of the peace and a hotel room (or, as Ford's character notes, if the justice doesn't show up, then they'll need two rooms).

The rest of the show isn't bad; it just doesn't move fast enough or create enough suspense to keep me from noticing that...well, for example, that Joan Woodbury is wasted for the rest of the movie. Instead of developing her character as a sort of mystic (real or phony), she is given nothing to do but just wring her hands a lot and say thing like, "We're all doomed!" Or from noticing that Wallace Ford is too confident by half in his detecting skills, and heroine Barbara Pepper is too polite to him by more than half. (Why doesn't she smack him when she's got an important clue and he tells her to leave him alone and won't listen?)

Still, there is some atmosphere to be enjoyed here. And it's not every mystery criminal who frames a friendly dog for murder. The murderer also gets in some fun evil cackles in the climactic scene when preparing to finish off the remaining guests in one fell swoop. Yes—fans of evil cackles should not miss this one.


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