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Mystery Liner (1934)





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It's dirty work on the high seas in the Monogram melodrama Mystery Liner. Noah Beery stars as Captain Holling, the slightly crazy skipper of a huge ocean liner. Two men are murdered on Hollings' watch, and the passengers are understandably put out. There is no shortage of suspects, but the motive -- the theft of a top-secret remote control radio device -- remains unknown until the final two reels. Other complications include a near-collision at sea, a furtive shipboard romance, and a psychiatrist who demands that Holling return to port immediately, an order which is steadfastly (and disastrously) refused. Reviewers commended the Monogram production staff for doing a lot with a little during the filming of this economical thriller.

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Noah Beery Sr.
as Capt. Holling
Astrid Allwyn
as Lila, Nurse
Cornelius Keefe
as Cliff Rogers
Edwin Maxwell
as Maj. Pope
Ralph Lewis
as Grimson, Inventor
Boothe Howard
as Downey, 1st Mate
Gordon DeMain
as Cmdr. Bryson
Zeffie Tilbury
as Granny Plimpton
Howard Hickman
as Dr. Howard
Jerry Stewart
as Edgar, Granny's Nephew
George Cleveland
as Simms, Steward
Olaf Hytten
as Grimson's Assistant
Raymond Brown
as His Excellency
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Critic Reviews for Mystery Liner

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Acceptable sci-fi whodunit programmer about several murders taking place on an ocean liner over a new high-tech invention.

Full Review… | May 13, 2009
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Kinda boring, but if you love mystery movies you may find it interesting.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

Old classic "B" mystery is rather good. The story kept me interested and it was paced well. The acting and direction are good.

James Higgins
James Higgins

A passenger liner is used for a covert experiment that will allow ships to be remote controlled and thus revolutionize modern sea warfare (modern here being 1934). But, agents of "hostile foreign powers" threaten the project, the ship's captain (Beery) has gone insane, and a shadowy figure is creeping about the ship murdering people. Will Major Pope (Maxwell) save the day by untangling the mystery and unmaking a double-agent who is closer to the experiment than anyone suspects? "Mystery Liner" has all the elements of being a really fun "detective thriller meets mad scientist" tale, but it's too talky, has just a touch too many subplots for a film that only runs an hour, and gets bogged down in the middle and becomes very, very boring. A couple of twists near the end will revive the interest of viewers who stick with it, but they really aren't interesting enough to warrant sitting throgh the lead-up. With average camera work and staging, blah acting all around, and uninteresting, flat characters, the only strong part of this film is the core story concepts, and they're not interesting enough to lift it above a very low 4 rating. (Triva: This film was based on a story by Edgar Wallace, a very popular mystery/thriller writer during the first quarter of the 20th century. Hundreds of films were made that adapted his work, and I think I've seen around a dozen. None have been all that good, however.) Mystery Liner (aka "The Ghost of John Holling") Starring: Cornelius Keefe, Edwin Maxwell, Astrid Allwyn, Boothe Howard, Zeffie Tilbury, Gustav von Seyffertitz, Howard C. Hickman, George Hayes, and Noah Beery Director: William Nigh

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