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The Crooked Circle (1932)

Passed | | Comedy, Mystery | 25 September 1932 (USA)
A group of amateur detectives sets out to expose The Crooked Circle, a secretive group of hooded occultists.

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Ralph Spence (screenplay), Tim Whelan (additional dialogue)
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Cast overview:
Zasu Pitts ... Nora Rafferty
James Gleason ... Arthur Crimmer
Ben Lyon ... Brand Osborne
Irene Purcell ... Thelma Parker
C. Henry Gordon ... Yoganda
Raymond Hatton ... Harmon (The Hermit) (as Ray Hatton)
Roscoe Karns ... Harry Carter
Berton Churchill ... Col. Walters (as Burton Churchill)
Spencer Charters ... Kinny
Robert Frazer ... The Stranger
Ethel Clayton ... Yvonne
Frank Reicher ... Rankin
Christian Rub ... Old Dan
Tom Kennedy ... Mike, the policeman
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A group of amateur detectives sets out to expose The Crooked Circle, a secretive group of hooded occultists.

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Something happens to someone every minute and when the crazy clock strikes--thirteen--The Lid Is Off! See more »

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Comedy | Mystery

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USA

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English

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Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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The second television showing of this film was on Tuesday evening, June 18, 1940 in New York City over NBC's pioneer television station W2XBS. It is one of over 200 titles in the list of independent feature films made available for television presentation by Advance Television Pictures announced in Motion Picture Herald 4 April 1942. At this time, television broadcasting was in its infancy, almost totally curtailed by the advent of World War II, and would not continue to develop until 1945-1946. Its earliest documented Post WWII telecasts took place in New York City Friday 10 December 1948 on WATV (Channel 13), in Detroit Thursday 4 August 1949 on WJBK (Channel 2), in Cincinnati Friday 23 September 1949 on WKRC (Channel 11), and in Albuquerque Saturday 1 October 1949 on KOB (Channel 4). See more »

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Creaky Good Comedy
23 July 2009 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

"The Sphinx Club is a group of amateur detectives who are the bitter rivals of The Crooked Circle, a collection of hooded villains. After The Sphinx Club aids the authorities in catching and imprisoning a member of The Crooked Circle, the evil gang swears revenge by targeting Colonel Walters, a well-known member of The Sphinx Club. Will the Sphinx Club be able to protect Colonel Walters or will The Crooked Circle succeed in their quest to kill him?" asks the DVD sleeve.

The threatened Sphinx Club member, Berton Churchill (as Theodore Walters) is pretty good - but, he is not the focus of this comedy-mystery. Instead, we get zany Zasu Pitts (as Nora Rafferty) complaining to Christian Rub (as Old Dan) about living in spooky "Melody Manor". Ms. Pitts does her best "Olive Oyl" (from "Popeye") dress and voice. And, as a bonus, Mr. Rub responds with his "Gepetto" (from "Pinocchio"). You won't see "Olive Oyl" and "Gepetto" in too many movies!

Meanwhile, Ben Lyon (as Brand Osborne) is preparing to resign from the Sphinx Club. His replacement is foreboding Indian C. Henry Gordon (as Yoganda), who warns, "Evil is on the way." When Gordon arrives at "Melody Manor", Pitts looks at his turban and says: "I'm sorry you got a headache sir, shall I get you a Bromo-Seltzer?" Others in the funny cast: cop James Gleason ("Here Comes Mr. Jordan"), hermit Raymond Hatton ("The Whispering Chorus"), and gay Roscoe Karns ("It Happened One Night").

****** The Crooked Circle (9/25/32) Bruce Humberstone ~ Ben Lyon, Zasu Pitts, C. Henry Gordon, Christian Rub


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