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John H. Auer
Don't be fooled by the hype- this is not an "old dark house" movie as some sources (including the liner notes on the video box) claim. It's more like a "new light house" movie. Yes, there is a secret room, a hidden door, hidden motion detectors, a lurking figure, a thunderstorm, & plenty of murders, but the main ingredient, a gloomy atmosphere, is sorely missing here. And there's no comedy at all, which is another important ingredient of the Old Dark House genre. There's way too much light & outdoor scenes to qualify. And the house looks quite modern (for 1936, which is the copyright date). John Carroll is very handsome to look at. Lona Andre is very pretty to look at. And the acting is fair to middling or worse (there are even a couple of muffed lines that were left as is). And the plot is muddled, & all the deaths occur in World War I fighter planes. If aerial photography & biplane mounted machine gun battles are your thing, then by all means this is the movie for you. But if you're looking for a good mystery or Old Dark House, look elsewhere. I rate it 5/10.
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