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The Devil Plays (1931)

A murder mystery evolves during a weekend at an exclusive mansion.

Director:

Richard Thorpe

Writer:

Arthur Hoerl
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Cast

Cast overview:
Jameson Thomas ... Harry Forrest
Florence Britton ... Diana Amberson
Thomas E. Jackson ... Inspector Brown
Dorothy Christy ... Dolores Quincy
Richard Tucker ... Gerald Murdock
Lillian Rich ... Grace Stiles
Robert Ellis ... Stiles
Lew Kelly Lew Kelly ... Snyder
Carmelita Geraghty ... Rita Kane
Edmund Burns ... Dick Quincy
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A murder mystery evolves during a weekend at an exclusive mansion.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 December 1931 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Murdock Affair See more »

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Mono

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1.20 : 1
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This film's earliest documented telecast in Los Angeles occurred Tuesday 30 December 1952 on KECA (Channel 7). See more »

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Horrible Snoozefest
22 October 2018 | by bozopolisSee all my reviews

I usually love these old parlor mysteries but this one started with a thud that just got more boring as the film dragged on and on. To say the acting was stiff is an incredible understatement. Thomas E. Jackson played the Inspector with Lew Kelly providing "comic relief" that made you wish the killer would strike again and put us all out of their memory. The doctor, played by an uncredited George "Gabby" Hayes diagnosed that a decanter of water had been drugged by tasting it. The mystery writer/amateur detective ran rings around the cops as expected but was just as useless at solving the crime. The only crime here was the 63 minutes that was stolen from me (no wonder Hayes didn't want to be listed as being in this turkey). I never expect a masterpiece from a Chesterfield poverty row production but most of them at least have a coherent story. I wonder if the screenwriter decided who the killer was or they just drew lots for it 3/4 of the way through the film. There's a lot of movies better than this one. Don't waste your time.


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