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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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All The Thrills of Wilkie Collins' Famous Novel Brought To The Screen! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 August 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Лунный камень See more »

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Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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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Got mooned by 'The Moonstone"
10 June 2009 | by GManfredSee all my reviews

Despite the hackneyed premise and milieu, the stage was set for a pretty interesting murder mystery. It is a 'gloomy-mansion-on-a-dark-and-stormy-night' movie, which can be very absorbing if done right. It had a good collection of characters/suspects and got off to a good start.

All of sudden came the scientific-drivel denouement, the deus-ex-machina, which was both cynical and anti-climactic. This was the best the author could do? And why the rush to a conclusion? the story is short enough as is. Good performances all around and the production values were very adequate, considering this was a Poverty Row production.

Sorry I can't recommend this one, but I still have a lot of movies left in my DVD collection. On to the next case.


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