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The Murder in the Museum (1934)

When a city councilman is murdered while investigating allegations of drug dealing going on a a somewhat disreputable sideshow, the daughter of the chief suspect teams up with a newspaper reporter to find the real killer.

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Melville Shyer

Writer:

F.B. Crosswhite
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Cast overview:
Henry B. Walthall ... Bernard Latham Wayne, alias Prof. Mysto (as Henry B. Walthal)
John Harron ... Jerry Ross
Phyllis Barrington ... Lois Brandon
Tom O'Brien Tom O'Brien ... Alfred Carr
Joseph W. Girard ... Police Commissioner Brandon (as Joseph Girard)
Symona Boniface ... Katura the Seeress
Donald Kerr Donald Kerr ... Museum Tour Guide
Sam Flint ... Councilman Blair Newgate
John Elliott ... Detective Chief Snell (as John Elliot)
Steve Clemente Steve Clemente ... Pedro Darro
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When a city councilman is murdered while investigating allegations of drug dealing going on a a somewhat disreputable sideshow, the daughter of the chief suspect teams up with a newspaper reporter to find the real killer.

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Sinister sideshow of death!

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Mystery | Thriller

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 May 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Five Deadly Vices See more »

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Mono (International Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Cheap Freak Show
17 January 2009 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

Enterprising "Times Herald" reporter John Harron (as Jerry Ross) investigates "The Murder in the Museum " of a city councilman. This "Museum" isn't what you may be expecting; although there appear to be a few paintings on display, it's really a traveling freak show - "The World's Largest Collection of Natural and Unnatural Wonders". Among the attractions: an armless man, a bodiless woman, and the mysterious Henry B. Walthall (as "Professor Mysto" aka Bernard Latham Wayne). Patrons seem more interested in scantily-clad dancing women; unfortunately, they are told to keep it "tame it down plenty" when "the law" is spotted.

The "Sphere Museum" is also a front for drug-runners (which has attracted police and politicians). Just before the murder, Mr. Harron meets shapely blonde Phyllis Barrington (as Lois Brandon); and, the two fall in love. Mr. Walthall is appropriately mystic; his casting, alongside the brother of frequent co-star Robert Harron, is inspired. Unfortunately, this production is very poor. The cast and crew manage to get through the picture smoothly enough, considering the obvious lack of rehearsals and re-takes.

**** The Murder in the Museum (1934) Melville Shyer ~ John Harron, Henry B. Walthall, Phyllis Barrington


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