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The House of Secrets (1936)

Passed | | Mystery | 28 October 1936 (USA)
Two men stumble into an old mansion, and get involved with a crazed scientist, torture chambers and sinister medical experiments.

Director:

Roland D. Reed

Writers:

Sydney Horler (from the play and novel by), John W. Krafft (screenplay) (as John Krafft)
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Cast overview:
Leslie Fenton ... Barry Wilding
Muriel Evans ... Julie Kenmore
Noel Madison ... Dan Wharton
Sidney Blackmer ... Tom Starr
Morgan Wallace ... Dr. Kenmore
Holmes Herbert ... Sir Bertram Evans - Home Secretary
Ian Maclaren Ian Maclaren ... Commissioner Cross
Jameson Thomas ... Coventry
Syd Saylor ... Ed
Matty Fain Matty Fain ... Jumpy
George Rosener ... Hector Munson
Matty Kemp ... Man on Ship
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Globe-trotter Barry Wilding (Leslie Fenton) intercedes when a man annoys Julie Kenmore (Muriel Evans) on a ship crossing the English Channel, but she refuses to tell him her name or address. Barry determines to find her in London, but he is summoned to a lawyer's office and informed that he has inherited "The Hawk's Nest", a large estate outside London. He has to sign a declaration that he will never sell the property. He arrives there and is roughly put off his own property be trespassers who have taken up residence. Despite offers to buy the estate and warnings to get out of England, Barry refuses to do either. Julie appears and tells Barry she is living at "The Hawk's Nest" and he must allow her and her father, Dr. Kenmore (Morgan Wallace), to continue to live there for at least six months, and he can not visit her there. But Barry continues to try to solve the mystery that surrounds his inheritance even after being attacked by three American gangsters. Barry tries to enlist the ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Mysteries and thrills from cellar to garret...from start to finish it's the fastest, most furious, most gripping chiller you've ever seen! (original poster) See more »

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Mystery

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The earliest documented telecast of this film took place in New York City Saturday 13 November 1948 on WATV (Channel 13). It first aired in Cincinnati Thursday 10 November 1949 on WKRC (Channel 11). See more »

Quotes

Sir Bertram Evans - Home Secretary: I think, sir, you have said entirely too much.
Tom Starr: You're right. From now on I intend doing something.
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Connections

Remake of The House of Secrets (1929) See more »

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Inheriting trouble
21 July 2012 | by Chase_WitherspoonSee all my reviews

Likable cad Fenton stars as an affable, assertive gent who inherits a mansion following the death of a distant uncle. When he attempts to take possession of the mansion, he discovers a group of shady characters occupying the house, including a sultry beauty (Evans) with whom he had a bizarre encounter on the ship across the Atlantic. Along with his detective pal (Blackmer), the pair soon discovers that there's more than meets the eye to the supposedly haunted house, its strange occupancy (a raving lunatic) and a gang of murderous thieves converging on an alleged hidden treasure.

It's all happening at a brisk pace, with fast-talking Fenton quite a gregarious chap, Evans an attractive and mysterious vice, while in my opinion, Blackmer was the best performer, displaying a professionalism and ease that made him a bankable talent for six decades in a long and illustrious career.

While the conclusion is a little hackneyed, there's some effort gone into the neatly woven plot, with all loose ends tying together, albeit a little conveniently. It's the strength of the three leads (Fenton, Evans and Blackmer) that elevates this run-of-the-mill tale to average status.


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