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The Crooked Circle (1932)

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 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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Passed | See all certifications »
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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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E.W. Hammons Production See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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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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"A fight to the knife and a knife to the hilt!"
20 March 2001 | by Richard_Harland_SmithSee all my reviews

Bruce `Lucky' Humberstone's THE CROOKED CIRCLE begins with that eponymous quintet of `counterfeiters and thieves deluxe' pledging their dark allegiance (`To do for each other, to avenge any brother, a fight to the knife and a knife to the hilt!'), drawing lots from a hinged skull for the honor of bringing to ground Colonel Wolters, leader of an affluent band of amateur criminologists known as The Sphinx Club. In its second half, the film adheres faithfully to the established spookhouse syllabus (sliding panels, trap doors, and an attic stuffed with skeletons, sarcophaguses and Oriental objets d'art), with director Humberstone maximizing the felonious, comic and preternatural possibilities, all nicely complemented by the amusing dialogue of playwright Ralph Spence (THE GORILLA) and Tim Whelan. Rounding out the roster of red herrings, henchmen and gawkers are WHITE ZOMBIE's Robert Frazer, the ever-quivery Zasu Pitts (`There's a ghost in this house and when he plays the violin, something always happens to somebody!'), James Gleason as a malaprop-prone New Yawk flatfoot, KING KONG's Frank Reicher, and `queer-acting hunchback' Raymond Hatton (later the sour Farmer Larkin of INVASION OF THE SAUCER MEN). It's corny and creaky and good old fashioned fun for those hip to the charms of Poverty Row whodunits. See for yourself!


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