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Secret of the Blue Room (1933)
Near-classic early whodunit with atmosphere to spare.
This classic is rarely seen on TV. Old Dark House scenario with a murder mystery to solve. Lionel Atwill, a 1930s Universal Studio staple, is terrific--just mysterious enough to keep you guessing. Elizabeth Patterson does her best Una O'Connor imitation as the frightened old maid type, and the youthful Gloria Stuart sings. Edward Albert is a standout later in the film as the investigator of the mysterious goings on. Due to the short running time, this little thriller catches steam rapidly and comes to a satisfactory conclusion. Remade several times, including once as a musical. This film has terrific atmosphere, due to the relatively elaborate sets, considering the "B" film status.
The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971)
Vincent Price at his menacing, wittiest, best!
I saw this camp horror classic in the theater. Being very young, the comedy missed me entirely. All I saw were the grotesque, yet inventive, ways Dr. Phibes murdered his victims. This hilarious black comedy is definitely one of Price's best...and his mouth never moves! Dr. Phibes was supposedly killed in a car accident with his wife years before. He survives and decides to knock off everyone he feels is responsible for his wife's death. Standout performances by Terry-Thomas as the naughty doctor who likes "peep shows" and Peter Jeffrey as the by the book inspector in charge of the cases, whose problems don't just stop at solving a murder. Check out his home life. Many very quiet scenes with no words spoken, but it adds to the suspense and fun. Highly recommended. Also, catch the sequel, Dr. Phibes Rises Again!