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Blind Adventure (1933)

Approved | | Mystery | 18 August 1933 (USA)
An American in London stumbles on a criminal ring.

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Ruth Rose
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Cast

Cast overview:
Robert Armstrong ... Richard Bruce
Helen Mack ... Rose Thorne
Roland Young ... The Burglar
Ralph Bellamy ... Jim Steele
John Miljan ... Regan
Laura Hope Crews ... Lady Rockingham
Beryl Mercer ... Elsie
Henry Stephenson ... Maj. Archer Thorne
Tyrell Davis ... Gerald Fairfax
Phyllis Barry ... Gwen
John Warburton ... Reggie
Marjorie Gateson ... Grace Thorne
Forrester Harvey ... Coffee Shop Owner
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Storyline

Robert Armstrong plays Richard Bruce, an American in fog bound London who stumbles into the midst of international intrigue, with Helen Mack as Rose Thorne, an innocent dupe. Together they try to unravel the mystery, enlisting the aid of a cat burglar named Holmes (Roland Young), who they bump into along the way. Written by Anonymous

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Mystery

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Approved
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 August 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fog Bound See more »

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Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Upon finding out that the burglar's name is Holmes, Richard jokes that he and Rose are a "couple of Dr. Watsons." Roland Young, who plays the burglar, had previously played Dr. Watson in Sherlock Holmes (1922). See more »

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[first lines]
Richard Bruce: Oh, hello.
Elsie, the maid: Good evening, Sir. The valet's ill, so I'll be taking over.
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When You're Far Away
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Written by Phillips, Rich and Vann
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Decent RKO Drama
11 May 2011 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Blind Adventure (1933)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Director Schoedsack and star Robert Armstrong made this film right after KING KONG and right before THE SON OF KONG so needless to say it's understandable why it's been forgotten over the years. In the film Armstrong plays an American visiting London for the first time and he accidentally walks into a house and finds a dead body. Before long he, a woman (Helen Mack) and a burglars (Roland Young) are involved with a gang of criminals trying to blackmail an important figure. This certainly isn't in the same league as other Schoedsack titles but it's a decent little mystery that will appeal to those who enjoy this type of low-budget thriller, which RKO was an expert at back in the day. For the most part the story is a rather interesting one even though the screenplay never gets too deep into any sort of details. We're pretty much introduced to our characters, the conspiracy and then we see it play out with a few twists and turns but for the most part everything is played straight and quick. At just 63-minutes there's really not too many details about anything but this isn't a bad thing because I'm sure had they added more time then the thing would have started to drag. Armstong is pretty good in his part as the story gives him plenty of attempts at playing the strong, tough guy but it also has fun with his comic timing. This is easy to spot during a scene where he's trying to get out of a party so that he can get a bit of information to the Secret Service. The story really doesn't do Mack much justice but she's certainly easy on the eyes and mixes well with Armstrong. Young doesn't get much to do either but he's fine in the role as is a young Ralph Bellamy. There's some running gags about Americans in London and we even get some nice atmosphere thanks to what appears to be the best fog machine in Hollywood history. The amount of fog that is constantly going is rather fun and makes for a few interesting scenes including one on top of a building where our three leads are trying to get down. BLIND ADVENTURE isn't going to make anyone forget that giant ape but if you've got some time to kill you should be entertained.


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