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A Face in the Fog (1936)

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

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Lawrence Gray ...
Peter Fortune
Jack Mulhall ...
Reardon
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Elmer
John Cowell ...
Wilson (as Jack Cowell)
John Elliott ...
Detective Davis
Sam Flint ...
Harrison - Newspaper Editor
Forrest Taylor ...
Bruce Cromwell
George Ball Trio ...
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Ramsdall Dancers ...
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Donna Lee Trio ...
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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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Lawrence Gray's Penultimate Film
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Bizarre little mystery with no budget, but the story is pretty good and there are several interesting actors here at the zenith of their careers. A murderer called "the fiend" is killing show people but no one knows how they are being killed except that they are being poisoned. No one ever comes near the victims. And then there's that hunchback.

June Collyer (her last film) plays a meddlesome reporter who claims she can recognize "the fiend" because she saw his face in the fog (in a mirror). She becomes his target. Fellow reporter (Lloyd Hughes) tries to protect her, along with a ditzy photographer (Al. St. John). After there is a murder in a theater, the playwright (Lawrence Gray) pitches in to help solve the case.

St. John had been in silent films in the teens with Keaton and Arbuckle. Hughes was also a silent film start (THE LOST WORLD), and Gray was a big star in silent films and early musicals with the likes of Gloria Swanson, Marion Davies, and the Duncan Sisters.

Worth a look.


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