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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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Passed | See all certifications »
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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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Quotes

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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Remade as Phantom Killer (1942) See more »

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The Sphinx
20 December 2013 | by utgard14See all my reviews

Jerome Breen (Lionel Atwill) is accused of murder after being identified by an eye witness. However, the witness says Breen spoke. At the trial, Breen's attorney proves he is a deaf mute and the witness' testimony falls apart. So now the police must figure out if Breen really is guilty or being framed.

This is a fun little quickie from poverty row studio Monogram. It's best if you don't overthink it or look at it exclusively through a modern lens. It was made on the cheap in the early 1930s. Yes, the sign language Atwill uses is just meaningless hand gestures. This was back in the days when the public was probably largely unaware of sign language and it was highly unlikely a studio, especially one like Monogram, would expect its actors to learn some just for a part. Just enjoy it for what it is: a fun but cheap little mystery thriller with the always-great Lionel Atwill starring.


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