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The Black Abbot (1934)

A gang of crooks uses the legend of a ghost haunting an old dark mansion to help them kidnap a rich man.


George A. Cooper


Philip Godfrey (from a story by), Terence Egan (adapted for the screen by)




Complete credited cast:
John Stuart ... Frank Brooks
Richard Cooper Richard Cooper ... Lord Jerry Pilkdown
Edgar Norfolk Edgar Norfolk ... Brian Heslewood
Ben Welden ... Charlie Marsh
Farren Soutar Farren Soutar ... John Hillcrist
John Turnbull ... Detective Inspector Lockwood
Cyril Smith Cyril Smith ... Alf Higgins
Earl Grey Earl Grey ... Phillips (as Earle Grey)
Drusilla Wills Drusilla Wills ... Mary Hillcrist
Davina Craig Davina Craig ... Jane
Judy Kelly ... Sylvia Hillcrist


A gang of crooks uses the legend of a ghost haunting an old dark mansion to help them kidnap a rich man.

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Comedy | Crime | Mystery


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Release Date:

21 May 1934 (USA) See more »

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Production Co:

Real Art Productions See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (recorded on) (as RCA Photophone)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Featured in Truly, Madly, Cheaply!: British B Movies (2008) See more »

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No Abbot
4 May 2017 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

This is one of those British quota quickies in which the only name I recognize is cinematographer Ernest Palmer. It starts out with John Stuart getting engaged to Judy Kelly, some talk about the household ghost, the Black Abbot, then Miss Kelly's father is kidnapped.

It's a lesser variety of the British Locked Room mystery, with silly-ass humor and servants canoodling each other. Palmer's camera-work is wonderful -- lots of moving shots --but the performances are all over the shop, indicating that director George Cooper either couldn't afford to hire decent actors for the smaller roles, or couldn't direct actors for beans. At 54 minutes it's bearable, but I won't be revisiting.

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