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The Hole in the Wall (1929)

Mrs. Ramsey sent Jean Oliver to prison on a false charge. To get even, Jean (disguised as Madame Mystera) plans to kidnap her daughter and turn her into a thief. Love entanglements with a ... See full summary »

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Robert Florey

Writers:

Pierre Collings (adapted by), Frederick J. Jackson (play) (as Fred Jackson)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Claudette Colbert ... Jean Oliver
Edward G. Robinson ... The Fox
David Newell ... Gordon Grant
Nellie Savage Nellie Savage ... Madame Mystera
Donald Meek ... Goofy
Alan Brooks Alan Brooks ... Jim
Louise Closser Hale ... Mrs. Ramsay
Katherine Emmet Katherine Emmet ... Mrs. Carlake
Marcia Kagno Marcia Kagno ... Marcia
Barry Macollum Barry Macollum ... Dogface
George MacQuarrie ... Inspector
Helen Crane Helen Crane ... Mrs. Lyons
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Mrs. Ramsey sent Jean Oliver to prison on a false charge. To get even, Jean (disguised as Madame Mystera) plans to kidnap her daughter and turn her into a thief. Love entanglements with a gangster known as "The Fox" and newspaperman Grant complicate her plans. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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revenge | based on play | See All (2) »

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She Saw Too Much in the Realm of Spirits Beyond! (Print Ad- The Journal and Republican, ((Lowville, NY)) 4 July 1929) See more »

Genres:

Drama | Mystery

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 April 1929 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Grilhão Eterno See more »

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (MovieTone)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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This film marks the first appearance of Edward G. Robinson as a gangster. See more »

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The Stars Make It Worth Watching
27 November 2017 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

The Hole in the Wall (1929)

** (out of 4)

Edward G. RObinson plays a man known as The Fox, the leader of a group of thieves. They get away with so many crimes due to help from a psychic but when she is killed the leader fears their criminal days are over. That's until they meet Jean Oliver (Claudette Colbert) who agrees to help them as long as they help her kidnap a child from a woman who caused her to go to jail.

THE HOLE IN THE WALL is a pretty ridiculous drama story that should have been re-written a few times before it was actually filmed. THe film has pretty much been forgotten today except to those who want to see two future legends in their talkie debuts. While the film is pretty stupid all around, the appeal of the two stars makes it worth watching.

As I said, the screenplay here is certainly the worst thing about the picture as the entire thing is just way too dumb to make you actually care about anything going on. The entire thing with the psychic just doesn't work and at times it becomes rather laughable. I'm guess since this was an early talkie the screenwriters just through everyone would be caught up in the dialogue that they wouldn't pay attention to how silly the story was.

The one good thing about the film is that it clocks in at just 63- minutes so it's certainly over before you know it. Both Robinson and Colbert are decent enough in their roles but I'm not sure anyone watching this in 1929 would have guessed that they'd go on to become legends.


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