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The Spanish Cape Mystery (1935)

Passed | | Drama, Mystery, Romance | 9 October 1935 (USA)
Detective Ellery Queen's vacation is interrupted when murder strikes next door to his oceanside cabin.


Lewis D. Collins


Frederic Dannay (novel) (as Ellery Queen), Manfred Lee (novel) (as Ellery Queen) | 1 more credit »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Donald Cook ... Ellery Queen
Helen Twelvetrees ... Stella Godfrey
Berton Churchill ... Judge Macklin
Frank Sheridan ... Walter Godfrey
Harry Stubbs ... Sheriff Moley
Guy Usher Guy Usher ... Inspector Queen
Huntley Gordon ... David Kummer
Jack La Rue ... Gardner
Betty Blythe ... Mrs. Godfrey
Olaf Hytten ... DuPre
Ruth Gillette ... Laura Constable
Frank Leigh Frank Leigh ... Teller
Barbara Bedford ... Mrs. Munn
George Baxter ... John Marco
Katherine Morrow Katherine Morrow ... Pitts


New York detective Ellery Queen travels to the California coast with his friend Judge Macklin for a vacation at a rented cabin. But they don't even have a chance to unpack before they become swept up in a kidnapping and murders involving the Godfrey family who live in the Spanish Cape estate nearby. As bodies drop as often as the tides, and the local police suspect everyone in the Godfrey family, Ellery comes to the rescue and solves the crimes while romancing the family's beautiful daughter Stella. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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ELLERY QUEEN'S STRANGEST CASE! (original ad - all caps)


Drama | Mystery | Romance


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Early in the picture, the Judge notes that Queen is not a smoker, which he confirms. However, at dinner he offers Stella a cigarette from a cigarette case, and later in the picture lights up another smoke. See more »

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Decent Mystery Movie With Good Actors
18 December 2017 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

If you're looking for a decent classic mystery movie, then you might enjoy this one. Based on an Ellery Queen novel, it has Donald Cook (Queen) taking a vacation in California with his pal the judge (Berton Churchill). As they settle into their rented house and discuss the snooty family next door, they discover that the daughter of the family, Helen Twelvetrees, is tied up up the back room, her uncle has been kidnapped and the bodies are starting to pile up, while the local sheriff tries everyone as the murderer.

It's more notable for being a good mystery than a good movie, even with the good acting talent involved, but if you've a taste for puzzle mysteries it should be a pleasant seventy-five minutes.

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Release Date:

9 October 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mistério da Capa Espanhola See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Liberty Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor High Fidelity Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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