Sinister Hands (1932)





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In this mystery, a police-captain takes the case after a wealthy but much hated man is stabbed with an ornate Asian knife during a seance. The officer discovers that everyone there had reason to kill the fellow.
Horror , Mystery & Suspense
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Louis Natheaux
as Nick Genna
Helen Foster
as Vivian Rogers
Bess Flowers
as Mary Browne
Mischa Auer
as Swami Yomurda
Phyllis Barrington
as Ruth Frazer
Lillian West
as Mrs. Lang
Jack Mulhall
as Detective Capt. Devlin
Lloyd Ingraham
as John Frazer
Gertrude Messinger
as Betty Lang
Fletcher Norton
as Lefty Lewis
Crauford Kent
as Judge McLeod
Phillips Smalley
as Richard Lang
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A millionaire is murdered at a seance where EVERYONE (including the bulter) could have done it, and had reason to do it. It's up to homicide detective Herbert Devlin (Muhall) to sort through the suspicious characters and find the killer. "Sinister Hands" is a decent little mystery that plays like an outline of an Agatha Christie novel. The first half sets up the future victim and all the people with reasons to kill him, and the second half is devoted mostly the detective interrogating the suspects as he tries to discover who did it, or trick the killer into revealing him- or herself. There will be no great surprises in this film if you pay attention as it unfolds and if you've read/seen at least two or three other detective movies. (In fact, one of the things I found most interesting is completely trivial and not even related directly to the movie. It appeared that the characters were wearing unisex bathing suits at the pool party scene. I'd never noticed that men and women's swimwear was that close in style and appearance during the late 1920s and early 1930s. I also found it noteworthy that one of the suspects is a fake spiritualist named Yomurda. With a name like that, he can't possibly be the killer, can he? :D ) This is a fast-paced, entertaining little mystery film that is probably only of interest to big fans of the genre (like me) or those with a deep love of low-budget films from this era (which I also qualify as). It might also be a suitable second feature for a Bad Movie Night, because, while not exactly a bad movie, it is a film that time has passed by and which can give rise to much levity in the right company. Sinister Hands Starring: Jack Mulhall, Crauford Kent, Mischa Auer, Phyllis Barrington, Louis Nathaeux, Gertie Messinger, Fletcher Norton, Phillips Smalley, Lillian West, and James P. Burtis Director: Armand Shaefer

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