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Convicted (1931)

Passed | | Mystery, Romance | 2 November 1931 (USA)
Tony Blair, a producer of Broadway plays, is murdered on a California-bound passenger liner, and a series of events leads to an assumption that Claire Norvelle has committed the killing. ... See full summary »

Director:

Christy Cabanne

Writers:

Barry Barringer (dialogue and continuity), Ed Barry (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Aileen Pringle ... Claire Norville
Jameson Thomas ... Bruce Allan
Dorothy Christy ... Constance Forbes
Richard Tucker ... Tony Blair
Harry Myers ... Sturgeon
Niles Welch ... Roy Fenton
John Vosper ... Ship's Officer Weldon (as John Vosburgh)
Jack Mower ... Ship's Officer Rigby
Wilfred Lucas ... Capt. Hammond
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Tony Blair, a producer of Broadway plays, is murdered on a California-bound passenger liner, and a series of events leads to an assumption that Claire Norvelle has committed the killing. Despite the fact that Blair was an obnoxious character, murder is murder and Barbara is accused of the crime. Complications arise when another murder occurs. The startling solution clears Barbara and provides a surprising explanation of the two murders. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Sensational mystery at sea!

Genres:

Mystery | Romance

Certificate:

Passed
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 November 1931 (USA) See more »

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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Soundtracks

Auld Lang Syne
(uncredited)
Written by Robert Burns
Heard as a theme as the ship docks at the end
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1931 Mystery With Static Story and Camera
28 October 2010 | by jayraskin1See all my reviews

Early sound cameras were heavy and enclosed in a soundproof booth. Shooting on an ocean liner probably prevented any tracking shots. Thus the actors simply walk to the center of the frame and say their lines. The lack of camera movement makes a dull and pretty straightforward plot even duller. The other Christy Cabane films that I have seen, "The Mummy's Hand" and "Jane Eyre" were also a bit static, but moved like a tiger compared to this. The highlight of the film was seeing Harry Myers, the actor who played a great supporting role in Charlie Chaplin's "City Lights." I had never seen him in another movie before. Here, he has little to do beyond saying that his name is "Sturgeon, like the fish." He manages to make it funny. The other actors were fine, but, they all act as if they're on stage. The film is 57 minutes, not the 63 minutes listed on the Mill Creek Crime Collection. It is still rather slow and lacking in suspense. An annoyingly hiss fulled soundtrack does not help either.


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