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The Moonstone (1934)

Approved | | Comedy, Crime, Mystery | 20 August 1934 (USA)
Typical Monogram whodunit from the 30's, with dialogue and sound effects based on the well known mystery book with same title. A valuable gem from India is stolen in an old dark mansion and... See full summary »

Director:

Reginald Barker

Writers:

Wilkie Collins (based on the novel by), Adele Buffington (screen play by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
David Manners ... Franklin Blake
Phyllis Barry ... Anne Verinder
Gustav von Seyffertitz ... Carl Von Lucker
Jameson Thomas ... Godfrey Ablewhite
Herbert Bunston ... Sir John Verinder
Charles Irwin Charles Irwin ... Inspector Cuff
Elspeth Dudgeon ... Betteredge
John Davidson ... Yandoo
Claude King ... Sir Basil Wynard
Olaf Hytten Olaf Hytten ... Dr. Ezra Jennings
Evalyn Bostock Evalyn Bostock ... Roseanna Spearman (as Evelyn Bostock)
Fred Walton Fred Walton ... Henry the Butler
John Power John Power ... The Driver
Harold Entwistle Harold Entwistle ... Sutter
A.C. Henderson A.C. Henderson ... Robbin
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Storyline

Typical Monogram whodunit from the 30's, with dialogue and sound effects based on the well known mystery book with same title. A valuable gem from India is stolen in an old dark mansion and it is up to Scotland Yard inspector Charles Irwin to find out who did it among all the suspects who were in the house. Written by Daniel Camargo <chaney@urbi.com.br>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 August 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Jóia Maldita See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The failure of the original copyright holder to renew the film's copyright resulted in it falling into public domain, meaning that virtually anyone could duplicate and sell a VHS/DVD copy of the film. Therefore, many of the versions of this film available on the market are either severely (and usually badly) edited and/or of extremely poor quality, having been duped from second- or third-generation (or more) copies of the film. See more »

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Alternate Versions

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Decent Low-Budget Adaptation of A Good Story
24 October 2005 | by Snow LeopardSee all my reviews

Although it frequently gives evidence of its low-budget status, this is still a decent adaptation of the Wilkie Collins novel. The original novel "The Moonstone" makes pretty good use of some generally familiar themes of the genre, with its main strength probably being the atmosphere. This movie version does a solid job with limited resources in setting the atmosphere and in telling the basic story developments.

David Manners and Phyllis Barry head up the cast, as a group of characters come together in a remote mansion on a stormy night, with a legendary and very valuable diamond the focus of everyone's attention. It's a familiar setup, but the story adds some touches of science and some extra background to the characters, to go along with the mood and the setting.

The cast and the production are usually solid, if unspectacular, and most of the time things move at a good pace. A larger budget could have made the movie more enjoyable to watch, but as far as the basic story goes, this one does a solid job, and for its time it's a pretty good job.


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