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The Sphinx (1933)

Passed | | Adventure, Crime, Mystery | 1 June 1933 (USA)
A man known to be a mute is suspected of committing a murder, as he was noticed at the scene. However, witnesses saw and heard him talking as he was leaving the scene of the crime. The ... See full summary »

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Phil Rosen

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Albert DeMond (story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Lionel Atwill ... Jerome Breen
Sheila Terry ... Jerry Crane
Theodore Newton ... Jack Burton
Paul Hurst ... Detective Terrence Aloysius Hogan
Luis Alberni ... Luigi Baccigalupi
Robert Ellis ... Inspector James Riley
Lucien Prival ... Jenks, the Butler
Lillian Leighton ... Mother Werner
Paul Fix ... Dave Werner
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A man known to be a mute is suspected of committing a murder, as he was noticed at the scene. However, witnesses saw and heard him talking as he was leaving the scene of the crime. The police must determine if he is the actual killer or if he is being framed. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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En rafflande kriminalfilm med spänning i varje meter (A thrilling crime movie with suspense in every meter) (Swedish theatrical release)


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Country:

USA

Release Date:

1 June 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Den hemlighetsfulle mannen See more »

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Trem Carr Pictures See more »
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Mono

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1.37 : 1
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Inspector James Riley: How'd you know this was a murder?
Jack Burton: Easy, I made a quick check-up of the population city and found we were one short.
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How Can a Deaf Mute Speak?
24 September 2008 | by robert-temple-1See all my reviews

This is an ingenious and interesting B thriller. The 'sphinx' is a deaf mute, who is, to say the least, extraordinarily enigmatic. (No Egyptian connection! Not a pyramid in sight!) Lionel Atwill plays 'the sphinx' and makes the part very compelling. The mystery is: how can this man who, the doctors say, has been deaf and mute from birth, be a psychopathic murderer who always speaks to the witnesses of his crimes? This takes a lot of figuring out. He is tried and acquitted of murder, natch. But is there more to this? The ingenue role is played by Sheila Terry, who is extremely lively and is very like Fay Wray but without the steamy sensuous air about her. Her eyes sparkle, one wants to go on watching her, and it is a pity she quit films early and died aged only 46. (Here she is 23.) A young fellow of considerable charm is always trying to get her to marry him, played very well by Theodore Newton. Luis Alberni plays an amusing character part. This is a cheapie but a goodie.


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