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Wayne Murder Case

A hooded killer stalks greedy heirs gathered at a spooky mansion for the reading of a tyranical millionaire's will.
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: Unrated
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 2 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 1932
  • Label: Alpha Video
  • Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33

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Description by OLDIES.com:

As an ominous bell tolls midnight the heirs to the Wayne fortune gather, at the dying man's estate to learn his final wishes. Wayne collapses in front of the entire family, a dagger buried in his lifeless heart. The greedy relatives, who hated the old man when he was alive, are all suspect. Detective-Sergeant Mitchell is determined to expose the murderer, but recurring glimpses of a sinister hooded figure and the discovery of a second corpse transform the investigation into a fight for survival. Aided by Nosey Toodles, a lovely and daring reporter, Mitchell begins to unravel the baffling case.

On the heels of their success with The Thirteenth Guest, Monogram revived that film's atmosphere and hooded figure with a maddening twist - the murder occurs in plain view of the entire cast, including the detective. Dwight Frye (Dracula, Frankenstein) is chilling as the murdered man's anxious nephew.

Product Description:

A wisecracking female reporter named "Nosey" Toodles digs into the murder of mean old millionaire Silas Wayne. Along the way she interviews a rogues' gallery of suspects including a shady housekeeper and a sneaky nephew.

Plot Keywords:

Murder | Mystery | Thriller | Vintage

Movie Lovers' Ratings & Reviews:

Customer Rating: Rating 3.6
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Rating 3.0 Usual Mystery Thriller Movie Lover: from Pittsburgh, PA US -- November, 14, 2005

This is an acceptable low-budget thriller with the right era ambience. The offense is the "shuffling black servant speaking in dialect" stuff to make today's viewers wince: Jeff the butler played by "Snowflake". Ouch. Unfortunately that sort of characterization was all too prominent in movies and popular fiction of the time, but that aside, this movie is the usual big-old-mansion-mystery-with-greedy-family-members, and someone in a spooky costume. Dwight Frye is disappointingly subdued.


Rating 5.0 Wayne Murder Case Movie Lover: from Clamart, Hauts-de-Seine FR -- March, 3, 2005

Good old-fashioned murder mystery from Monogram. Greedy relatives await signing of a will from a crusty old uncle and suddenly there is murder. Who's the killer? Good acting from June Clyde and Regis Toomey as the leads (although, I'd have preferred Ginger Rogers and Lyle Talbot instead, after seeing how they clicked together in Monogram's "The Thirteenth Guest" and Allied's "A Shriek in the Night"). Lucille LaVerne casts her evil and suspicious looks all over the place, Dwight Frye is okay in a small role and Eddie Phillips is fine as a scheming young relative.


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  • Sales Rank: 1,266
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