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A Face in the Fog (1936)

Approved | | Mystery, Thriller | 1 February 1936 (USA)
A mysterious killer known as The Fiend uses an unusual bullet as his trademark for his murders.

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(as Bob Hill)

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(novel), (screenplay)
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Elmer
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Wilson (as Jack Cowell)
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Cast members of a show at the Alden theatre are being terrorized by a hunchback killer known as the Fiend, using frozen bullets, and two have been killed. Newspaper reporters Jean Monroe, drama editor, and Frank Gordon, accompanied by a dumb photographer, Elmer are on the story. Jean receives a note from Ted Wallington, the star of the play,"Satan's Bride", to meet him. From him, she learns the note was a fake, the lights go out and the Fiend strikes again as Wallington slumps to the floor dead. Peter Fortune, the author of the show, who has helped the police solve previous cases, agrees to assist on this case, but insists on working alone. Jean and Frank have taken rooms at the Globe Hotel, where Reardon, an actor, is also a resident. A telephone message for Frank turns out to be a ruse in the hopes of getting him out of the hotel. Reardon suggests calling the police but, while phoning, his finger is holding the receiver hook down. Meanwhile, Elmer calls Frank and the reporter is ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Harrison - Newspaper Editor: The coroner is so confused he almost did a post mortem on himself.
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Nonsensical mystery of a hunchbacked killer on the loose works on in its own twisted sort of way
13 August 2006 | by (Glen Cove, New York) – See all my reviews

A reporter claims to have seen the face of "the Fiend", a hunchbacked killer dressed in black that is terrorizing a city and a theater in particular by poisoning people by some unknown means. The Fiend naturally makes her his next target and she has to go on the run. Hooking up with a reporter she attempts to find out the killer and remain alive.

Fast moving and making almost no real sense whats so ever this movie is as artificial a mystery as you can get. Its best described as taking a 1930's mystery and stripping it of anything other than the mystery mechanism (Murderer is on the lose killing people) while throwing in cliché characters, comic relief and making any revelation either a red herring or more likely a twist out of the left field of a ball park two cities over just to keep things going.

In any real sense its a mess, however as a pure machine it works. As totally mindless mystery time killer it can entertain you. Its the type of thing where you can pretty much guess the killer the instant he appears, but you don't care and can't be sure because the film is making so many odd turns that nothing makes sense even though you're hoping it will.

I don't know if you should search it out, but if you run across it an want to see as nonsensical and stripped down mystery as you can get its worth a shot. (I just don't recommend this if you need things to make and real linear sort of sense)


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