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The Crooked Circle (1932)

Passed | | Comedy, Mystery | 25 September 1932 (USA)
A group of amateur detectives sets out to expose The Crooked Circle, a secretive group of hooded occultists.

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Ralph Spence (screenplay), Tim Whelan (additional dialogue)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Zasu Pitts ... Nora Rafferty
James Gleason ... Arthur Crimmer
Ben Lyon ... Brand Osborne
Irene Purcell ... Thelma Parker
C. Henry Gordon ... Yoganda
Raymond Hatton ... Harmon (The Hermit) (as Ray Hatton)
Roscoe Karns ... Harry Carter
Berton Churchill ... Col. Walters (as Burton Churchill)
Spencer Charters ... Kinny
Robert Frazer ... The Stranger
Ethel Clayton ... Yvonne
Frank Reicher ... Rankin
Christian Rub ... Old Dan
Tom Kennedy ... Mike, the policeman
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A group of amateur detectives sets out to expose The Crooked Circle, a secretive group of hooded occultists.

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Everything From Spooks To Nuts!!! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Mystery

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 September 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Noche de fantasmas See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Before going to a massive broadcasting, only about half a dozen people in the Los Angeles area owned a TV in 1933. But those handful of early adopting TV geeks were in for a special treat on March 10th of that year when the movie The Crooked Circle was broadcast in its entirety.

That day the campy detective flick became the first feature film ever broadcast on TV when experimental Los Angeles station W6XAO-TV beamed it out from the corner of 7th and Bixel Streets in downtown. It was still playing in local theaters at the time. See more »

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Olive Oyl is stuck in a Haunted House with murderers!
11 May 2008 | by missrebeckahSee all my reviews

If you've never experienced the thing that is Zasu Pitts, here is a Zasu zinger! In 1933 Mae Questel caricatured Pitt's voice for the character Olive Oyl for the Fleischer Studios animated cartoon version of the comic strip Popeye. Zasu (pronounced Zay-Sue) does her best "Olive Oyl" impersonation walking around whining and ringing her hands or attaching herself to the policeman's laynard. I kept waiting for her to say "ohhh myyyy", but instead it's "something always happens to somebody." The first time I saw this film I loved Zasu and found her character really funny. I've since seen her in other films where she does this same whining, uptight, fragile-flower routine. So, upon watching this film again I started getting a little annoyed with the constant whining and near hysteria over a piece of dust. But, there are some funny comedy bits here, and it's also a mystery movie as well. It's an interesting mix of mystery and comedy that actually works. The mystery plot holds together well through the camp of Zasu Pitts and James Gleason who plays Arthur Crimmer the policeman. The haunted House is fun with many a secret passage and even a skeleton in the attic! Well worth the watch. Read more public domain movie reviews at: http://pdmoviereview.blogspot.com/


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