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The Black Doll (1938)

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Nicholas Rood, dishonest mine owner, finds a Black Doll on his desk and knows that vengeance is about to overtake him for murdering his former partner. He is knifed as he talks to his ... See full summary »

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Complete credited cast:
Donald Woods ...
Nick Halstead
Nan Grey ...
Marian Rood
Edgar Kennedy ...
Sheriff Renick
C. Henry Gordon ...
Nelson Rood
Doris Lloyd ...
Laura Leland
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Walling
Addison Richards ...
A.H. Mallison
Holmes Herbert ...
Dr. Giddings
William Lundigan ...
Rex Leland
Fred Malatesta ...
Esteban, the butler
Inez Palange ...
Rosita, the housekeeper
Syd Saylor ...
Deputy Red
Arthur Hoyt ...
Coroner
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Nicholas Rood, dishonest mine owner, finds a Black Doll on his desk and knows that vengeance is about to overtake him for murdering his former partner. He is knifed as he talks to his daughter Marian. She summons her fiancé Nick Halstead, a private detective. He finds that six people had a motive for the murder; Rood's sister Mrs. Laura Leland; her son Rex; Rood's associates Mallison and Walling; Esteban, a servant and Dr. Giddings. Sheriff Renick and his deputy Red get the clues all mixed up, but Nick finally narrows the search down to one suspect... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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30 January 1938 (USA)  »

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A Crime Club Mystery. In 1937, Universal had acquired the rights to select 4 books from the publisher of the pulp whodunits' annual output of 52 novels. This was the second one produced in the deal. A total of 11 Crime Club mysteries would be filmed. The Crime Club deal ended with the release of The Witness Vanishes (1939) in September, 1939. See more »

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Decent , but goofy tale of murder in a small town that you'll forget soon after viewing
19 March 2005 | by (Glen Cove, New York) – See all my reviews

There is a liberal dose of humor in this movie where Edgar Kennedy, master of the slow burn, plays a sheriff investigating a murder in a small town. The point of the plot is the Black Doll of the title and a harbinger of death which appears and disappears through out the proceedings. Kennedy is "aided" by a newspaper reporter who manages to put the whole thing together.

Its a breezy 65 minutes that fly by almost as an after thought. The mystery is clever but it seems stretched out to fill the required running time. The cast is quite good and the whole thing has the feel of something from a lazy Sunday.

Its so breezy as to be utterly forgettable. I recently found this on one of my video tapes and was totally baffled by what it was. I know that I had watched this previously since I removed the commercials at some earlier time, but I can't for the life of me remember ever seeing it other than when I just popped it into the VCR last night. Now some twelve hours later I find the film rapidly disappearing from my mind.

If you want to see a film you'll enjoy for its running time but which will leave no trace on you consciousness, this is the movie for you.


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