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The Circus Queen Murder (1933)

Passed | | Action, Crime, Drama | 10 April 1933 (USA)
Suave, lip-reading DA Thatcher Colt plans to get away from the big city for a while. So he and his secretary, Miss Kelly hop on a train for an Upstate NY town called Gilead. They expect a ... See full summary »

Director:

Roy William Neill

Writers:

Fulton Oursler (from the story by) (as Anthony Abbott), Jo Swerling (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Adolphe Menjou ... Thatcher Colt
Donald Cook ... The Great Sebastian
Greta Nissen ... Josie La Tour
Ruthelma Stevens ... Miss Kelly
Dwight Frye ... Flandrin
Harry Holman ... Jim Dugan
George Rosener ... John T. Rainey
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Suave, lip-reading DA Thatcher Colt plans to get away from the big city for a while. So he and his secretary, Miss Kelly hop on a train for an Upstate NY town called Gilead. They expect a calm oasis, but when a small time circus rolls into town they soon find themselves caught up in a sordid tale of marital infidelity, murder, cruelty to animals, and cannibalism. Written by Cameron Majidi <cmaj@prolifics.com>

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Baffling Mystery Drama! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

10 April 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Murder of the Circus Queen See more »

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Columbia Pictures See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Filmed February 6-24 1933, released April 10. See more »

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Thatcher Colt: It's a well known fact that cannibals differ from the rest of us in their dietary customs.
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Follows The Night Club Lady (1932) See more »

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Decent Fun
30 October 2008 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Circus Queen Murder, The (1933)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Rare Columbia mystery was the second film in a two-film series. Police Chief Thatcher Colt (Adolphe Menjou) gets tired of the gangster in NYC so he takes a vacation with his secretary (Ruthelma Stevens) on a vacation. He runs across a friend who owns a circus and decides to stick around when an abusive husband (Dwight Frye) turns up dead. The suspects could be his wife, her lover or perhaps African cannibals. This is a fairly entertaining mystery that works best with its pre-code nature, which at times is fairly ghoulish considering the era that this was made. There's talk of bodies being cut up and fed to lions and there's even a theory that the African cannibals have eaten a victim. Some might be offended by the black folks being called cannibals with their voodoo dolls and skull lying around so be warned there. Menjou and Nissen work well together but it's Frye and Greta Nissen that really steal the show. Donald Cook, best known for his role in The Public Enemy is also good in his supporting role. The actual mystery isn't too hard to solve, which is the film's biggest problem but the 63-minute running time goes by fast. This isn't one of the best of the genre but it's a good time killer.


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