|The Case of the Black Cat 1936 N/R, 65 min.|
Director: William C. McGann, Alan Crosland
Cast: Ricardo Cortez, June Travis, Jane Bryan, Craig Reynolds, Carlyle Moore Jr., Bill Elliott, Nedda Harrigan, Garry Owen, Harry Davenport, George Rosener
Ricardo Cortez takes on the role of Perry Mason in the fifth entry in the series. Perry is called to a client's estate at night to write the client's granddaughter out of his will as an incentive to keep her from marrying a suspected fortune hunter. The client is killed in a suspicious fire, the gardener is murdered, and a treasure hunt for missing jewelry follows. The granddaughter's boyfriend is accused of the murders, but with Perry on his side, the real culprit will soon be identified. Director Alan Crosland was killed in an auto accident; the film was completed by William McGann.
|Charlie Chan at the Opera 1936 N/R, 68 min.|
Genre: Mystery / Drama / Thriller
Director: H. Bruce Humberstone
Cast: Warner Oland, Boris Karloff, Charlotte Henry, Keye Luke, Thomas Beck, William Demarest, Gregory Gaye, Frank Conroy, Guy Usher, Selmer Jackson, Margaret Irving, Nedda Harrigan, Maurice Cass, Tom McGuire, William Bailey
This is one of the best in the long line of Charlie Chan (Warner Oland) films. Gravelle (Boris Karloff) was an opera star who, suffering from amnesia following a fire, has spent his last seven years in an asylum. When Gravelle sees a picture of his unfaithful, opera singer wife Lucretia (Nedda Harrigan) in a newspaper story, his memory returns, and he heads to the opera house to seek revenge. Murders ensue, and Chan investigates.
|Devil's Island 1940 N/R, 65 min.|
Director: William Clemens
Cast: Boris Karloff, Nedda Harrigan, James Stephenson, Adia Kuznetzoff, Rolla Gourvitch, Will Stanton, Edward Keane, Pedro de Cordoba, Al Bridge, Earl Dwire
A French doctor, Charles Gaudet (Boris Karloff), treats a treasonous soldier and is punished with imprisonment on Devil's Island where his presence provides the means to save a young girl's life.
|Thank You, Mr. Moto 1937 N/R, 67 min.|
Director: Norman Foster
Cast: Peter Lorre, Thomas Beck, Pauline Frederick, Jayne Regan, Sidney Blackmer, Sig Ruman, John Carradine, Wilhelm von Brincken, Nedda Harrigan, Philip Ahn
This is the second in the series of J.P. Marquand's detective, and it's one of the best. Mr. Moto (Peter Lorre) tackles the problem of seven Chinese scrolls, which, when put together, reveal the hidden treasure of Genghis Khan. He has the seventh one and attempts to get it to the rightful owners who have the other six. Unfortunately, the bad guys also want that seventh scroll and will stop at nothing to get it.
|1. The Case of the Black Cat (1936)|
2. Charlie Chan at the Opera (1936)
3. Devil's Island (1940)
4. Thank You, Mr. Moto (1937)
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