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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.


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




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


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 »


Comedy | Mystery


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Did You Know?


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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Breezy romp is worth a look for those who like comedy and mystery mixed
23 December 2007 | by dbborroughsSee all my reviews

1930's comedy mystery about "The Crooked Circle" a band of hooded crooks who set about plotting the murder of some one who swore to oppose them. Enjoyable but really unremarkable little film, the movie works simply because the cast headed by Zazu Pitts and James Gleason (both of whom would later appear together in a couple of Hildegarde Withers films after Edna Mae Oliver dropped out of that series) and supported by a great cast of actors and actresses you know but may not know the name of (I don't hence the lack naming). A breezy hour long romp, the movie doesn't make a great deal of sense with mistaken identity, secret passages, ghostly music and people not being who they seem. Its the perfect thing for a dark and stormy night or a late night viewing when one is nostalgic for the late late show.

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Release Date:

25 September 1932 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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