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Conspiracy (1930)

Passed | | Mystery | 10 August 1930 (USA)
For the last four years Margaret Holt has been helping her brother, assistant D.A. Victor Holt, to try to bring down the dope dealing Schemer Marko gang. Margaret kills Marko (aka 'James ... See full summary »

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Christy Cabanne

Writer:

Beulah Marie Dix (screen play)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Bessie Love ... Margaret Holt
Ned Sparks ... Winthrop 'Little Nemo' Clavering
Hugh Trevor ... John Howell
Ivan Lebedeff ... Butch Miller
Rita La Roy ... Nita Strom (as Rita LaRoy)
Gertrude Howard Gertrude Howard ... Martha
Otto Matieson ... James Morton / Steamer Marko
Walter Long ... Weinberg
Donald MacKenzie ... Captain McLeod
Jane Keckley Jane Keckley ... Rose Towne
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For the last four years Margaret Holt has been helping her brother, assistant D.A. Victor Holt, to try to bring down the dope dealing Schemer Marko gang. Margaret kills Marko (aka 'James Morton') when he discovers she's found evidence to use against him. Looking for someplace to hide out, she flees to a local house for disadvantaged women. Her secret is discovered by gossip columnist John Howell and crotchety old mystery writer Winthrop Clavering, who concoct a plan to try to clear Margaret of the crime and, at the same time, capture the Marko gang, who have since kidnapped Victor and are now hot on Margaret's trail as well. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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Mystery

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

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10 August 1930 (USA) See more »

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Sensation See more »

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RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Mono (RCA Photophone System)

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1.20 : 1
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Let Sparks Fly
25 October 2014 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

In New York City, the camera catches blonde stenographer Bessie Love (as Margaret Holt) standing over a dead body, wielding a sharp letter opener. Hearing folks outside the deceased's hotel room, Ms. Love takes the fire escape to elude arrest. Young newspaper reporter Hugh Trevor (as Jack Howell) is on the scene and falls in Love. He learns the victim was a big-time narcotics pusher who had abducted Love's brother. Her brother is a district attorney. Investigating the crime is cantankerous mystery novelist Ned Sparks (as Winthrop "Little Nemo" Clavering). To make it easy, Love goes to work for Mr. Sparks, who lives in a mansion with slavish Gertrude Howard (as Martha)...

This is a re-make of a Broadway play and "silent" movie starring John Emerson. It should have been left there. Top-billed Love, who worked with Mr. Emerson and director Christy Cabanne in the 'teens, had a career resurgence in "talking" pictures. Appearing uncomfortable herein, Love most notably wears a fox fur that is complete, from head to tail. Too bad her character is not a ventriloquist. It's probably a good thing Love plays second-fiddle to Sparks, who is the actual leading player in the story. While it's good to see Sparks in a rare starring role, his character is annoying throughout. Those looking for racial stereotypes in old films should find Ms. Howard's "Martha" of interest.

*** Conspiracy (8/3/30) Christy Cabanne ~ Ned Sparks, Bessie Love, Hugh Trevor, Gertrude Howard


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