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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
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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'SNOOKIE, TELL ME WHAT HAPPENED"?..."Well, The Cops Said I Killed A Man - And They Got Mad When I Asked Them, Did I?" (original poster) 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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Did You Know?


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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Really Bad Film
11 October 2015 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Strangers in the Evening (1932)

* 1/2 (out of 4)

Really bad and really confusing murder/mystery has a body come up missing at the local morgue but one of the workers claims the dead man moved himself. At the same time there's a murder investigation going on for the morgue worker who got into an argument with a girl's father when he disapproved of their relationship. Mean while the local detective (Eugene Palette) is dealing with a man who can't remember anything except for one woman (Zasu Pitts).

STRANGERS IN THE EVENING is a pretty bad movie on many levels but it's almost worth watching due to how bizarre and confusing it is. The film clocks in less than 65 minutes yet it headlining star Pitts doesn't show up until nearly thirty minutes into the movie. What makes matters even worse is that there are characters who come into the film and then disappear without any reason why and then reappear later. There are way too many characters in this short film and obviously something got lost in the writing because a lot happens that makes very little sense.

At the very end a few of the characters take the cheap route and explain what we've just watched but that's really no help. Pitts really isn't given too much to do so I'm going to guess the low-budget meant they only had her for a few days. Palette is fun as the detective but he too is pretty much wasted with the bad screenplay. Harold Waldridge deserves special mention as he plays a sissy morgue worker who is constantly scared. To say the character is annoying would be an understatement.

STRANGERS IN THE EVENING doesn't work as a mystery, a comedy or anything else for that matter.

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