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Strangers of the Evening (1932)

Bodies start mysteriously disappearing from the city morgue. An investigator tries to determine what is going on.


Stuart Anthony (adaptation), Warren Duff (adaptation) (as Warren B. Duff)


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Complete credited cast:
Zasu Pitts ... Sybil Smith
Eugene Pallette ... Detective Brubacher
Lucien Littlefield ... Frank 'Snookie' Daniels aka Richard Roe
Tully Marshall ... Robert Daniels
Miriam Seegar ... Ruth Daniels
Theodore von Eltz ... Dr. Raymond Everette (as Theodor Von Eltz)
Warner Richmond ... Dr. Joseph Chandler
Harold Waldridge ... Tommy Freeman (as Harold Waldrige)
Mahlon Hamilton ... Charles E. Frisbee, Deputy District Attorney
Alan Roscoe ... Sutherland
William Scott ... 2nd Passerby
Charles Williams Charles Williams ... 1st Passerby
James P. Burtis James P. Burtis ... Nolan (as James Burtis)
Francis Sayles Francis Sayles ... Roberts


Bodies start mysteriously disappearing from the city morgue. An investigator tries to determine what is going on.

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Horror and hilarity, mystery and mirth, capering corpses and tangled loves! See more »


Comedy | Mystery


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Release Date:

15 May 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Hidden Corpse See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Quadruple Film Corp. See more »
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Technical Specs


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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Re-titled 'The Hidden Corpse,' this film received its earliest documented telecast in Los Angeles Friday 10 October 1952 on KECA (Channel 7). See more »

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Oddball mystery that's mysteriously watchable
4 September 2011 | by csteidlerSee all my reviews

Strangers of the Evening features switched corpses, an amnesia victim, estranged family members, and strange doings in the funeral parlor back room. It also contains a hard-to-follow plot involving too many characters, none of whom we get to know well. Even top-billed Zasu Pitts doesn't appear until about the halfway mark, and then in a role that is as minor—yet as important—as everyone else's. Overall, it's an uneven mix of oddities and clichés that leaves one off balance yet with a vague impression of having enjoyed it quite a lot.

The dialog is certainly not the star of this picture. Whew! there is some silly stuff here. Take this exchange between Theodore von Eltz as young Dr. Everett and Miriam Seegar as Ruth, the daughter of a murder victim: Dr. Everette: "Please, dear." Ruth: "Oh, don't!" Everette: "Why, Ruth…you believe that I killed him?" Ruth: "Oh, I don't know what to believe." Everette: "Oh, Ruth, dear, you've got to have faith in me." Ruth: "Well, you quarreled." Everette: "But you can't believe that I did it! I don't know what happened, but you must trust me…." And so on.

However, that blend of the predictable and the weird is somehow difficult to turn off. Von Eltz is actually quite good in his limited role. Lucien Littlefield is appropriately bizarre as "Snooky," as he's called by Zasu Pitts' Sybil, a sweet loony herself who found Snooky wandering in the street wearing only a raincoat and so took him home and fell in love with him.

Zasu sums it up at the end about as well as anyone could: "Oh, Snooky!"

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