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Secret of the Chateau (1934)

Inspector Marotte, attending an auction of rare collectible books previously ownded by the recently murdered M. Le Duc de Poisse, hopes he can catch his old nemesis Prahec, a murderer and ... See full summary »

Director:

Richard Thorpe

Writers:

Lawrence G. Blochman (story), Albert DeMond (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Claire Dodd ... Julie Verlaine
Alice White ... Didi Bonfee
Osgood Perkins ... Martin
Jack La Rue ... Lucien Vonaire (as Jack LaRue)
George E. Stone ... Armand
Clark Williams ... Paul De Brunay
William Faversham ... Monsieur Fos / Professor Racque
Ferdinand Gottschalk ... Chief Inspector Marotte
DeWitt Jennings ... Louis Bardou
Helen Ware ... Madame Rombiere
Frank Reicher ... Auctioneer
Alphonse Ethier ... Commissioner (as Alphonz Ethier)
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Inspector Marotte, attending an auction of rare collectible books previously ownded by the recently murdered M. Le Duc de Poisse, hopes he can catch his old nemesis Prahec, a murderer and book thief. More murders occur at the deceased's estate when it is learned that a rare first edition of the Gutenberg Bible is hidden on the premises. Among all the friends, relatives, and servants gathering at the estate, Marotte is finally able to reveal the identity of Prahec and apprehend the guilty. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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Shadows Come to Life! Traps Snare Women! Trunks Swallow Men! Bells Toll Out Death! See more »


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Trivia

Part of the original Shock Theater package of 52 Universal titles released to television in 1957, followed a year later with Son of Shock, which added 20 more features one year later. See more »

Quotes

Louis Bardou: Now who's the old fool?
Didi Bonfee: It's a toss up.
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Connections

Featured in Son of Svengoolie: Secret of the Chateau (1934) (1980) See more »

Soundtracks

The Sin of Nora Moran
(1933) Main Title and End Title Music
Composed by Heinz Roemheld
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Universal Mystery
18 November 2009 | by nova-63See all my reviews

An extremely rare film that is much harder to find than many of Universal's other B mysteries of the period. The version I have runs 60 minutes and is from a nice 16mm print. The plot revolves around Claire Dodd's character, a woman with a shady past who has connections to a big time crook (Jack La Rue). She wants to leave her criminal past and La Rue behind her. Still, she finds herself at a remote château, where crooks and police have gathered to get their hands on a valuable bible.

The police are represented by Inspector Marotte (Ferdinald Gottschalk), a diminutive, older detective who has a flare for the dramatic. He is sure that master criminal Prahec can not resist coming after the priceless bible and that he is already present, disguised as one of the guests. Marotte must learn... where is the bible hidden and which one of the guests is the master criminal.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 December 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Rendezvous at Midnight See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor High Fidelity Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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