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The Black Doll (1938)

Approved  |   |  Comedy, Mystery, Romance  |  30 January 1938 (USA)
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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 ...
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 ...
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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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A CHILD'S TOY HIDING SUDDEN DEATH! See more »


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This was the first of four Universal Crime Club features to be telecast on New York City's Dumont Television Station WABD in November 1946, marking the first breakthrough of major studio films being telecast in the postwar era. The three that followed were The Lady in the Morgue (1938), _The Westland Case (1937)_ and _Danger on the Air (1938)_. It would not be until ten years later that the rest of the majors opened their vaults to their longtime rival. See more »

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11 August 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Because they have good casts and a nice dosage of humor, I like the Crime Club murder mysteries and this entry is no exception. The wealthy and overbearing Nicholas Rood finds a Mexican voodoo like black doll on his desk. According to Rood's butler, this signifies an impending death. And sure enough, Rood is killed by a thrown knife. There are suspects galore - among them Rood's sister and wife, the butler and two former partners from whom Rood has been hiding for several years. Rood's daughter and clever boyfriend (the charming Nan Grey and the ever affable Donald Woods) take the lead in the investigation, which is a good thing because the cops investigating the crime, Sheriff Renick and his deputy are pretty dimwitted to say the least. Edgar Kennedy as the Sheriff provides most of the welcome humor. In fact, Kennedy has one of my all time favorite stupid remarks. He says to Woods, "I know something you don't know." "What?" "You're standing on my foot." Even with lines like this, it' a fun and an entertaining movie. Interesting to me is that Holmes Herbert who starred in a number of silent films has the role of Dr. Giddings in this movie. Herbert never rose above character roles in sound films.


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