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Penguin Pool Murder (1932)

Passed | | Comedy, Drama, Mystery | 9 December 1932 (USA)
Shady stockbroker and abusive husband Gerald Parker is found dead in the penguin pool of a NYC aquarium after being knocked cold by his wife's boyfriend.

Director:

George Archainbaud

Writers:

Willis Goldbeck (screen play), Stuart Palmer (from the novel by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Edna May Oliver ... Miss Withers
Robert Armstrong ... Barry Costello
James Gleason ... Oscar Piper
Mae Clarke ... Gwen Parker
Donald Cook ... Philip Seymour
Edgar Kennedy ... Donovan
Clarence Wilson ... Bertrand B. Hemingway (as Clarence H. Wilson)
James Donlan James Donlan ... Fink
Gustav von Seyffertitz ... Von Donnen (as Gustav Von Seyffertitz)
William Le Maire William Le Maire ... MacDonald (as William LeMaire)
Joe Hermano Joe Hermano ... Chicago Lew
Guy Usher Guy Usher ... Parker
Rochelle Hudson ... Telephone Operator
Wilfrid North Wilfrid North ... Judge
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Storyline

The body of unscrupulous stockbroker Gerald Parker suddenly appears in the penguin tank at the aquarium. Naturally, suspicion falls on his wife and her boyfriend, who were present. Inspector Piper investigates with the unsolicited aid of teacher Hildegard Withers, a witness who's taken an interest in the case; Piper develops a grudging respect for Miss Withers' acumen (and sharp tongue), as they search among the red herrings for the aquarium killer... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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A School-marm from Iowa Solves a Crime That Stumped the Police (Print ad- Elmira Star-Gazette ((Elmira, N. Y.)) 13 February 1933)


Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 December 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Penguin Pool Murder See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Turner library print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The Ruth Snyder - Judd Gray murder case alluded to by Inspector Piper was a notoriously inept crime of passion committed in 1927. Both "Double Indemnity" and "The Postman Always Rings Twice" were inspired by the case, according to their author James M. Cain. See more »

Goofs

After Oliver and Gleason finish eating breakfast in Oliver's home, Oliver looks into the camera, or towards the crew, several times. Appears as if she is puzzled or taking direction from someone. See more »

Quotes

Barry Costello: [Walking back to his table in the courtroom] Your honor, I've finished with the witness.
Hildegard Withers: You may be finished with the witness, Mr. Costello, but the witness is not finished with you!
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Followed by Murder on a Bridle Path (1936) See more »

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Lively vintage murder tale
20 December 2007 | by lorenellroySee all my reviews

Edna May Oliver plays the gawky ,spinsterish and bespectacled amateur sleuth Hildegarde Withers -the sort of person who always carries a neatly rolled umbrella irrespective of the weather-who teams up with wisecracking policeman Inspector Piper(James Gleason)to solve the murder of Gerald Brooks (Guy Usher).The title derives from the murder location -the Battery Park Acquarium. There is no shortage of suspects-from the Acquarium director (Clarence H Webb)to the ungrieving widow of the deceased (Mae Clark)and one of her lovers (Donald Cook).Together they set a trap to unmask the killer.

Oliver and Gleason work well together and they are blessed with a witty script by Willis Goldbeck as well as some pacey direction from George Archainbaud

This was the first of a series and is a good example of solid studio professionalism from its era


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