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Thursday, March 13, 2014

Secret of the Blue Room (1933)

An old castle.  A story of three murders in the Blue Room that happened 20 years ago.  Three suitors who try to win the affections of a blonde bombshell by agreeing to take turns sleeping overnight in the Blue Room.  These are the makings for a delightful old-fashioned murder mystery by Universal Studios.

The script for Secret of the Blue Room was adapted from a 1932 German silent film entitled “Geheimnis des blauen Zimmers.” It’s smartly written and takes the audience on a fun ride that includes at least two twists along the way. 

Director Kurt Neumann [The Fly] paces the film perfectly and captures great performances from his actors which include horror great Lionel Atwill [Mystery of the Wax Museum, Son of Frankenstein] and the radiant Gloria Stuart [The Invisible Man].  Both actors deliver the goods and the supporting cast keeps up with them all the way.  There’s not a weak link in the bunch.  It’s a great ensemble cast.

If the interior shots look familiar, they are the same sets James Whale used for the classic The Old Dark House (1932).  The only thing I found annoying was the sound effect they use for the wind which had an odd pitch to it.  Other than that, everything works as it should.

Why people don’t talk about this film more is a mystery to me.  [No pun intended!] The only frustrating thing is that the copies which are available online are pretty poor.  Both YouTube and Archive.org have versions of film on their sites but they are badly degraded. If anyone knows of a place to view a better print, let me know.  But don’t let this detract you from watching this well made murder mystery.

RATING: Excellent.

For more info check out the film's entry in IMDB.

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