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L'uomo senza volto

(The Preview Murder Mystery)

1936, regia di Robert Florey


Scheda: Nazione: USA - Produzione: Paramount Pictures - Distribuzione: Paramount Pictures, MCA/Universal Pictures - Soggetto: Garnett Weston - Sceneggiatura: Brian Marlow, Robert Yost - Fotografia: Karl Struss - Montaggio: James Smith - Art Director: Hans Dreier, A. Earl Hedrick - Formato: B.N. - Durata: 60'.

Cast: Reginald Denny, Frances Drake, Gail Patrick, George Barbier, Ian Keith, Rod La Rocque, Conway Tearle, Thomas E. Jackson, Jack Raymond, Colin Tapley, Jack Mulhall, Bryant Washburn, Franklyn Farnum, Lee Shumway, Spencer Charters, Chester Conklin, Hank Mann.


Trama e commenti: - - - - - - - «Curioso “mystery” incentrato su di una serie di macabri omicidi che avvengono sul set di un film di vampiri...».

Plot Summary, Synopsis, Review: IMDb - - - - - «The actor in a remake of "Song of the Toreador" is receiving threatening notes telling him he will not live to see the preview of the movie. About two-thirds the way through my copy of this movie the videotape started doing some bizarre stuttering that made it somewhat difficult to watch, but I was able to see enough to figure out what was going on (though I do know that I'll have to search for an upgrade in the future). It's a bit of a shame; this is a very enjoyable mystery, well directed by Robert Florey, and with a cast that features the heroine of Mad Love and one-time Dracula hopeful Ian Keith. It's a little predictable at times; I saw one murder and one murder attempt being set up before they actually occur, but the ending has some quite satisfying twists that send it a little ways into the horror genre. One question, though; at one point, a man suspects that a mouse has been eating some of the cheese on his desk. He then sets up an elaborate system with a camera and an assortment of strings in order to get a picture of the mouse. My question is in two parts: a) Why didn't he just use a mousetrap?, and b) what was he going to do with the picture of the mouse; blackmail him?» (Dave Sindelar).

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