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The Mystery of Mr. X (1934)

Passed | | Comedy, Crime, Mystery | 23 February 1934 (USA)
A jewel thief suspected of being a local serial killer targeting police officers decides to solve the mystery himself to clear his name.

Directors:

Edgar Selwyn, Richard Boleslawski (uncredited)

Writers:

Philip MacDonald (from the novel by), Howard Emmett Rogers (screen play) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Robert Montgomery ... Nick Revel
Elizabeth Allan ... Jane Frensham
Lewis Stone ... Inspector Connor
Ralph Forbes ... Sir Christopher Marche
Henry Stephenson ... Sir Herbert Frensham
Forrester Harvey ... Joseph Horatio Palmer
Ivan F. Simpson ... Hutchinson (as Ivan Simpson)
Leonard Mudie ... Mr. X
Alec B. Francis ... Judge Malpas
Charles Irwin Charles Irwin ... Willis
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There have been a spate of London police murders, the victims always killed by a long knife (which the police know is a sword cane), the murders always taking place in a deserted but successively different part of town, and the police always being notified by the murderer that he will strike beforehand. By his signed notes, the murderer has dubbed himself as X. The police have their first real lead when the latest murder occurs outside the home where the Drayton Diamond was stolen on the same night. The diamond thief is Nick Revel, a suave, confident career thief, and his two accomplices, an insurance clerk named 'Hutch' Hutchinson, and a taxi driver named Joe Palmer. Nick, however, is not Mr. X, but he and his accomplices know they can't pawn the diamond or return the diamond for its insurance money now until Mr. X is caught. When a well known and respected man named Sir Christopher Marche is arrested for the murders on circumstantial evidence, Nick knows the police have the wrong ... Written by Huggo

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 February 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Mystery of Mister X See more »

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Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Preview audiences rejected the original ending, where "Nick" did not get "Jane". Retakes and additional scenes were ordered, but directed by Richard Boleslawski because director Edgar Selwyn was unavailable. See more »

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Version of The Hour of 13 (1952) See more »

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Enjoyable.
16 June 2010 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Robert Montgomery is a gentleman jewel thief and in the films of the 1930s this would make him the hero...of sorts. However, his career is in jeopardy due to a serial killer named 'Mr. X'. You see, X has been killing and taunting police for some time and when one of Montgomery's burglaries happens to occur at the same place a copper is killed by X, the police now suspect that X and the gentleman thief are one in the same--which clearly are not. So, it's up to Montgomery to do what he can to help the police capture X--then, and only then, can they possibly sell the huge diamond. Things get complicated when the daughter of the police inspector on the case falls for Montgomery. By the end of the film, it's a life and death struggle between X and Montgomery--and guess who wins! In many ways, this film plays a lot like a Saint or Falcon outing, though with a higher quality budget. The overall product is enjoyable light entertainment--the sort they really haven't made in over 60 years.

By the way, couldn't you also see William Powell in the role Montgomery played? They both seemed to have a real knack for these sort of parts.


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