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The Shadow Laughs (1933)

The police investigate a bank robbery, and when they don't seem to be making much headway, a newspaper reporter decides to investigate it on his own.

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... Robin Dale
... Ruth Hackett
... Capt. Morgan
Walter Fenner ... Tennant
... George Hackett
Geoffrey Bryant ... Ryan
Harry Short ... Clymer (as Hal Short)
John F. Morrissey ... Sgt. Owens
Bram Nossen ... Jack Bradshaw
... Tony Rico
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The police investigate a bank robbery, and when they don't seem to be making much headway, a newspaper reporter decides to investigate it on his own.

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27 March 1933 (USA)  »

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Not so snappy patter
18 February 2013 | by See all my reviews

I see that some outfit called Trojan Pictures inflicted this one on the movie-going public in 1933. I'm wondering if the company was offering protection with that tile.

This film makes some of the Sam Katzman Monogram products look like Citizen Kane. The leading man is a vaudeville performer who died shortly thereafter in a car crash. Watching the film I could see Hal Skelly as some kind of performer with songs, dances, and snappy patter. But his patter here was more annoying than anything else.

Skelly plays a reporter who makes a pest of himself with the local police in trying to solve two murders. The telltale clue are thousand dollar bills left at the scene of each murder and attempted murder, there are some of those. As they have consecutive serial numbers the value is nil to the unfortunate robbers.

But our culprit has another game in mind and you will have to endure this cheaply put together film for the answers.

Had this not been the film debut of Cesar Romero who plays a gangster here, The Shadow Laughs would have never been rescued from oblivion.

If you want to see it you will not be impressed by the not so snappy patter.


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