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Painted Faces (1929)

Passed | | Crime, Mystery | 20 November 1929 (USA)
A vaudeville performer is murdered backstage and another performer is tried for the crime.


(as Albert Rogell)


(dialogue), (dialogue) | 1 more credit »


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Complete credited cast:
... Hermann / Beppo
... Nancy
Barton Hepburn ... Buddy Barton
... Babe Barnes
Lester Cole ... Roderick
... District Attorney
... Foreman of Jury
... Mrs. Warren - Nervous Woman Jury Member (as Mabel Julian Scott)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Seymour Kupper
Tommy Nicoll
Billy Wise


After a vaudeville performer is murdered backstage, framed-up evidence lead the police to arrest a troupe member. At his trial, Hermann, a Scandinavian clown known as Beppo, is the lone juror holding out against conviction and pleading for his innocence and acquittal. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Crime | Mystery






Release Date:

20 November 1929 (USA)  »

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Midway  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Photophone System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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March 1929 Trade Paper articles announced the cast signed for this film, including the following actors who eventually were replaced: Virginia Bradford, Wallace MacDonald, and Joan Standing. See more »


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Creaky Mess
26 December 2002 | by See all my reviews

Antique, static, early talkie, a sort of bad Lon Chaney version of TWELVE ANGRY MEN. Joe E. Brown gives a good performance as Hermann, a clown on the jury (yes, he plays a clown and he is on the jury) who is the lone holdout for acquittal, but between poor sound recording and his stage-Dutch accent, the whole thing turns into a mess. Brown is excellent in the circus scenes (yes, circus scenes) when he is doing his clowning, but otherwise, there is not much here of interest.

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