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The Skull Murder Mystery (1932)

When the skeleton of a young man is dug up in an alley, a mysterious Chinese merchant and his eccentric upstairs tenants come under suspicion. The team of Inspector Carr and Dr. Crabtree use the skull of the victim to solve the murder.

Director:

Joseph Henabery

Writers:

S.S. Van Dine (novel), Burnet Hershey (adaptation)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Donald Meek ... Dr. Crabtree
John Hamilton ... Inspector Carr
Joanna Roos ... Amy Beck
Harry Mestayer ... Grandfather Beck
Paul Guilfoyle ... Paul Beck
Lee Tung Foo Lee Tung Foo ... Wang Yun
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When the skeleton of a young man is dug up in an alley, a mysterious Chinese merchant and his eccentric upstairs tenants come under suspicion. The team of Inspector Carr and Dr. Crabtree use the skull of the victim to solve the murder. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Genres:

Mystery | Short

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

March 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

S.S. Van Dine Mystery Series #6: The Skull Murder Mystery See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Vitaphone production reels #1348-1349. See more »

Connections

Followed by The Side Show Mystery (1932) See more »

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A quickie detective film...and not a lot to recommend it.
27 June 2017 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This is an unusual short from Vitaphone. While the division of Warner Brothers was known for their short films, most were musical or comedy acts. However, this one is a murder mystery...which is odder yet since it's so rushed.

When the film begins, a skeleton is found stuffed in a trunk...buried behind a building. The residents (including the Chinese man who owns the place and his tenants upstairs) are investigated by the police (John Hamilton and Donald Meek) until, ultimately, one turns out to be completely insane and he tries to kill himself AND the cops!

This is a very rushed film...and because of that, it's not especially good. Additionally, the print shown by TCM is dark and grainy. All in all, you could find better shorts from the era to watch.


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