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Curtain at Eight (1933)

An elderly detective sets out to find who murdered a stage actor.


E. Mason Hopper


Edward T. Lowe Jr. (screen story) (as Edward T. Lowe)

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Complete credited cast:
C. Aubrey Smith ... Jim Hanvey - Detective
Dorothy Mackaill ... Lola Cresmer
Paul Cavanagh ... Wylie Thornton - Actor
Sam Hardy ... Martin Gallagher - Captain of Detectives
Marion Shilling ... Anice Cresmer
Russell Hopton ... Terry Mooney - Reporter
Natalie Moorhead ... Alma Jenkins Thornton
Hale Hamilton ... Major Manning
Ruthelma Stevens ... Doris Manning
Arthur Hoyt ... Watkins - Night Watchman
Dot Farley ... Ella - Party Guest
Jack Mulhall ... Carey Weldon


An elderly detective sets out to find who murdered a stage actor.

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Release Date:

1 October 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Backstage Mystery See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Larry Darmour Productions See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The earliest documented telecasts of this film took place on the East Coast in New York City Thursday 26 August 1948 on WCBS (Channel 2) and on the West Coast in Los Angeles Thursday 23 November 1950 on KTLA (Channel 5). See more »


Alma Jenkins Thornton: A wife has some rights, particularly an undivorced wife.
Wylie Thornton - Actor: If Doris Manning smelled a rat, she'd back out like that
[he snaps his fingers]
Alma Jenkins Thornton: And we can't afford to lose the Manning millions, can we, Dear?
Wylie Thornton - Actor: Keep on, keep on, you'll throw a monkey wrench into the whole works.
Alma Jenkins Thornton: Oh, you'd find words to soothe the troubled waters. Your lips fairly drool honey when they want to. That's how you got me.
Wylie Thornton - Actor: I wish some of the same could get rid of you.
Alma Jenkins Thornton: [mockingly] Ah, what is life without you, my Sweet? Each hour ...
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Followed by Jim Hanvey, Detective (1937) See more »

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Almost 'Curtains' for "Curtain At Eight"
18 December 2010 | by GManfredSee all my reviews

"Curtain At Eight" is only 61 minutes long, and I can't figure out if that's an asset or a detriment. It should have been longer to allow more plot development and it suffers from an editing problem - some scenes seem to be out of sequence and continuity suffers as a result.

On the other hand, maybe it's a blessing it was wrapped up quickly, as the production in general and the acting in particular is too stagey. There were no exterior shots and I thought that Sam Hardy, as the Detective Captain, nearly sank the whole picture with his outrageous overacting and obnoxious demeanor. He detracted from every scene he was in. C. Aubrey Smith and the female actresses were quite good, and the women were attractive (always enjoy watching Dorothy Mackaill), given that this was 1933, and this was an early 30's production through and through.

The mystery was above average and accounted for my rating - after all, the play's the thing, right? It was a whodunnit right up until the final scene, and with lots of suspects to choose from.

Interesting and marginally entertaining.

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