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I had hopes for this one, as it was written by a real mystery writer -- George Harmon Coxe, and featured Edward Arnold, who is incapable of a bad performance.
Problem is -- the story really isn't a mystery, as the killer is revealed about halfway through the film. And, while Arnold does the best he can with so-so material, the romantic leads and the comic "relief" is dreadful. One ultimately does not care whether the male lead did or did not execute the strange series of killings featured in the movie, as he is such a cold fish. As a matter of fact, when the police takes him down to the station "to clear up one or two things", one kind of hopes that they broke out the rubber hoses.
Arnold plays a blind detective, and the film is full of the uncanny sensitivity blind detectives always have in fiction. While most of this is hooey, Arnold does convey a sort of odd remoteness that absolutely appropriate for his character. More improbably, Arnold -- who creditably played Nero Wolfe ten years earlier -- is shown as an expert wrestler.
Seriously, this one is for Edward Arnold freaks only. And if one is hungry for Arnold performances, one can get them in many, many better movies.
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