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The House of Secrets (1936)

Passed  |   |  Mystery  |  28 October 1936 (USA)
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Two men stumble into an old mansion, and get involved with a crazed scientist, torture chambers and sinister medical experiments.

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Leslie Fenton ...
Muriel Evans ...
Julie Kenmore
Noel Madison ...
Dan Wharton
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Tom Starr
Morgan Wallace ...
Dr. Kenmore
Holmes Herbert ...
Sir Bertram Evans - Home Secretary
Ian Maclaren ...
Commissioner Cross
Jameson Thomas ...
Coventry
Syd Saylor ...
Ed
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Jumpy
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Hector Munson
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Globe-trotter Barry Wilding (Leslie Fenton) intercedes when a man annoys Julie Kenmore (Muriel Evans) on a ship crossing the English Channel, but she refuses to tell him her name or address. Barry determines to find her in London, but he is summoned to a lawyer's office and informed that he has inherited "The Hawk's Nest", a large estate outside London. He has to sign a declaration that he will never sell the property. He arrives there and is roughly put off his own property be trespassers who have taken up residence. Despite offers to buy the estate and warnings to get out of England, Barry refuses to do either. Julie appears and tells Barry she is living at "The Hawk's Nest" and he must allow her and her father, Dr. Kenmore (Morgan Wallace), to continue to live there for at least six months, and he can not visit her there. But Barry continues to try to solve the mystery that surrounds his inheritance even after being attacked by three American gangsters. Barry tries to enlist the ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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A guest at the "The House of Secrets"...an adventurer finds plenty of excitement when Death plays host. See more »

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Hidden treasure in Old Dark House Mystery
15 January 2001 | by (Long Island Motor Parkway) – See all my reviews

The wise-cracking Leslie Fenton (as "Barry") sounds quite a bit like James Cagney in his gangster days. The lovely Muriel Evans (as "Julie") looks quite a bit like Jean Harlow. The movie is not a true "Old Dark House" movie, because it doesn't have some of the elements required to qualify, but there is an old dark house, a hidden treasure, & lots of mystery. "House of Secrets" is interesting, the dialog is snappy with lots of current day (copyright 1936) slang, the acting is good, the sets are dark & spooky, & there are a few neat sub-plots (one involving Chicago mobsters). What drags this movie down a bit is the redundancy. I couldn't count the number of times Barry asks "What's going on?" & Julie (among many others) replies "I can't tell you." Although I was eventually able to guess the ending, it was difficult to figure out, & fun meanwhile. I rate it 6/10.


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