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Usually pre-1970's film cheesiness. But you have to give the film credit whereas you don't see this much in modern films. It's a short film coming in around an hour and 15 films, which is shorter than a kids movie in today's time. But there is one plot and only one thing going on, take that Tyler Perry!
And the film stays consistent to the point, the whole time. The murder plot is fairly okay to follow, you might forget who is who because everyone looks and sounds the same back then and everyone is white, and the black and white looks horrible in SD. But a fairly solid film, nonetheless. Short quickie, worth a watch, I taped this back in October and finally watched it.
Dazzles with a surprise ending and entertains throughout with a witty script.
Solid Mystery With Good Atmosphere & An Interesting Cast--Pleasant old murder-mystery with a good cast!!
Oh, it's a pretty routine whodunit and Lugosi is only in a very few scenes. Just about passable entertainment.
The set up is brilliant: an actor is shot dead on a closed sound stage as he performs the final scene in the movie. The killer is one of the crew watching: but which one? A detective and a writer both try and solve the mystery - and the bodies keep piling up.
Bela Lugosi is listed as the main star these days, because almost nobody remembers David Manners (who only acted on screen for six years before moving to the stage). Manners is very good indeed - and I could imagine he worked very well on stage - and I thought Adrienne Ames did well with a very limited part. Lugosi's best line comes near the end when there is a gentle mocking of his normal screen persona.
Overall this is a little ropey, but there are some good scenes and some great lines - but to a modern audience the way in which Manners's Franklyn Drew gets involved in the investigation, takes evidence, and impairs the police investigation is discreditable, and the police are all too quick to accept the flimsy evidence Drew shows as proof of guilt. All this does, however, leave to a thriling finale in the rafters of the film studio which more than makes up for the slowness of what has come before.
Good Who-Done-It; great old cars, cool wardrobe ... and a early talkie movie, have some popcron around.
Good for a mystery movie of the thirties, but it's still just as predictable as a mystery movie of the thirties.
Behind the scenes on a movie set -- murder! Some amateurish bits, an annoying protagonist, and an unsolvable crime.
A neat little movie that blurs the line between film and reality. The script is pretty standard. If blends the humour, drama and some suspense nicely. Bela Lugosi's performance and presence leaves everyone else in the dust. The rest of the acting leaves something to be desired. What this movie is missing most of all is a sound track. There is absolutely no music in this film except at the very beginning and the very end. A lot of what this movie did is pretty standard now, but I'm sure was new and cool in 1932. Worth a watch to see Lugosi and as a curiosity.
On the one hand, it's interesting to see Lugosi in a murder mystery where he is not the killers. On the other hand, what a waste of his talents! On still another hand, this film has a real lout of a protagonist who deserved to be struck so hard it would leave prints.