Sir Humphrey Quilp, a former chief of Scotland Yard now retired in the New York countryside, is driving in his electric automobile with his friend, Dr. Anatole Duprex, when they arrive at the scene of a terrible car accident.
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Herbert J. Biberman
Ford Adams regains consciousness in Boston, bloody and suffering from amnesia. Information he eventually uncovers (with the help of Marie Smith) connects him to a well-known producer--who's... See full summary »
With the gang business washed up, Rickey Deane, suave first lieutenant to racketeer Chink Moran, and Louie Lanzer, a has-been fighter with itchy fingers, decide to take a peaceful vacation ... See full summary »
A radio detective sets out to solve an old murder case, with the help of her sound man and another radio detective. They manage to talk to the people involved in the case, but shortly afterwards the main suspects turn up dead.
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Fay Wray climbs out of a window in her slip while Richard Arlen watches admiringly from the street. He takes her to his studio, where he and his cohort of eccentrics run an advertising studio on the cheap. Meanwhile, in the apartment whence she came, an artist is murdered. When the police come to question the people in the studio, Arlen and Wray pretend to be engaged to give her an alibi.
It's an attempt to merge screwball comedy with a murder mystery. While there are some funny bits -- particularly Raymond Walburn as a down-and-out politician who alternates talking about McKinley, drinking and posing -- it is a poor screwball, because the central characters lack eccentricity and chemistry. There are dumb, malapropism-spouting cops, and Marc Lawrence gets a good role as a hood who's the brother of the murdered man, but Albert Rogell's lugubrious pacing bogs down an interesting script. There are some fine performers present, including Thurston Hall, Leon Ames and Marjorie Reynolds, but they are curiously ineffective.
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