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Mystery of Room 13 (1938)

Mr. Reeder in Room 13 (original title)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Peter Murray-Hill ... Capt. Johnnie Gray
Sally Gray ... Claire Kent
Gibb McLaughlin ... Mr. J.G. Reeder
Malcolm Keen ... Peter Kent
Leslie Perrins ... Jeffrey Legge, alias Maj. Jeffrey Floyd
Sara Seegar ... Lila Legge
D.J. Williams D.J. Williams ... Emmanuel Legge
Rex Carvel Rex Carvel ... Sir John Flaherty
Robert Cochran Robert Cochran ... Det. Insp. Barker
Philip Ray ... Fenner (as Phil Ray)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bobbie Comber Bobbie Comber ... Gray's butler
Florence Groves Florence Groves ... Daisy, club desk-clerk
George Merritt ... Bert Stevens, club porter
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Genres:

Crime | Drama | Mystery

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 June 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mystery of Room 13 See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

British National Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Complex Early Noir Becomes a Less Interesting Thriller
13 April 2017 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

It's an ambitious film that doesn't quite come off. Based on an Edgar Wallace novel, Peter Murray-Hill wants a job in "Special Services" and gets an assignment from the top-billed Gibb McLaughlin: there are some very good counterfeit bank notes in circulation, so Mr. Murray-Hill winds up sent to prison, where it is hoped he will connect with people in the counterfeiting ring. Soon enough he finds a sinister plot which implicates the father of Sally Gray. As he attempts to protect Miss Gray, the situation grows murkier.

Unfortunately, the story is telegraphically told, as the plot grows more and more complicated. It's also apparent that there was an effort to film this movie as it might have been directed by Tod Browning. While Browning might have gloried in the bizarre aspects of the characters, these tidbits are passed over so that the story can be told in less than 80 minutes. What might have been an early and bizarre film noir turns into a more conventional thriller. Also, the roles cry out for slightly different actors. I would have liked to have seen Ernest Thesiger in the title role; Leslie Perrins is, I feel, the best-served of the actors as the vengeance-seeking Jeffrey Legge, but his role, as those of the other actors, is reduced by the haste of the script.


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