Alvin Merle, a womanizing Broadway matinée idol, is found strangled in his dressing room. The door is locked from the inside and there is no possible other way into the room. Merle is ... See full summary »

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Jim Ryan
Dorothy Christy ...
Mrs. Alvin Merle aka Ethel Wynn
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Alvin Merle
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Pamela Gregory
James P. Burtis ...
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Ralph Burns
Lloyd Whitlock ...
Frank Murray
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Michael - Stage Doorman
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Raymond Largay ...
Police Capt. Blake (as Ray Largay)
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Walt (as Arthur Brennan)
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Alvin Merle, a womanizing Broadway matinée idol, is found strangled in his dressing room. The door is locked from the inside and there is no possible other way into the room. Merle is having an affair with his leading lady, while his wife, actress Ethel Wynn, appearing in another play in a theater around the corner, is doing the same with Frank Murray, the stage manager on Merle's play. Newspaper reporter Jim Ryan is investigating the case and meets Jean Royce, a young actress who had been fired from the play while in rehearsals. Everybody, including Michael, the old actor now relegated to being just a stage-doorman, has a motive. The explanation for the murder lies within the script of the play. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Creighton Hale and Lillian Rich play an eloping couple in this film. A year later, they would play a squabbling husband and wife in Free Wheeling (1932). See more »

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Good Second Feature
20 November 2006 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

This second feature directed by jack-of-all-trades director Richard Thorpe -- he would go to Metro as a B movie director and graduate to big spectacles, based on his ability to get a cheap performance out of actors like Robert Taylor -- shows Thorpe with warts and details of care.

This locked room mystery has its major weak points, like stagily-read performances from all hands involved, but it also has its strengths, rocking, as it does, between a comedy drama in which the cops spend their time playing craps, and an early police procedural, as one cop uses routine and careful deduction to crack the case. And while Thorpe can't raise a good performance, he does take care of his visuals, as in the scene set in an alley, where he sets the wind machines to gently blowing Barbara Kent's hair.

Although not a particularly good movie, it is interesting as a transitional piece, as silent stars try their hands at talkies, and a style of mystery different from the usual Sherlock Holmes or Philo Vance pointing out what is obvious after the fact.


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