The Sphinx

A confirmed mute man is witnessed committing a murder in this sharply written who-done it.
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 3 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Released: February 18, 2003
  • Originally Released: 1933
  • Label: Alpha Video
  • Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33

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User Ratings: 34
Rating: C -- One of those fun old-fashioned films. Full Review
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Apr 4, 2004

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Lionel Atwill stars as Jerome Breen, a stock broker and noted philanthropist who has committed a series of cold-blooded murders. Witnesses near the scene of the crimes recount that Breen had spoken to them moments after the murders were committed, however, Breen has an airtight alibi - he is a deaf mute. As the investigation unfolds, Inspector Riley (Robert Ellis) discovers a clue that will solve the mystery, but will he be able to bring the wealthy socialite to justice? Atwill is beloved by fans for his roles in Mystery of the Wax Museum, Dr. X, The Vampire Bat and many Universal horror films. He also is noted for his portrayal of Professor Moriarty in Sherlock Holmes And The Secret Weapon.

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After a mute witnesses a crime, suspicions are raised when he is spotted speaking shortly afterwards in this mystery from Monogram Studios.


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Interesting Plan Movie Lover: from Middle Village, NY US -- March, 23, 2010

How does a deaf mute manage to kill people and threw the police off his track by speaking to witnesses? It's not too hrad to figure out but it's fun watching it. Lionel Atwill's good as the murderer and is that Gabby Hayes playing a polceman before he grew a beard?

For Atwill Fans Movie Lover: from Trumbull, CT US -- April, 22, 2004

Reptilian eyes, suave, jovial yet suddenly menacing, Lionel Atwill, known to his intimates as Pinky, carved out a substantial film career for himself by playing the consummate heavy in so many pictures. He does not disappoint in this fine example of early '30s cinema. Monogram populates this movie with familiar characters; e.g., a pretty writer/reporter, her wise-cracking boyfriend, hard-nosed police detectives, etc. They are all cast from the mold of what made for successful murder mysteries during this period of film-making. This is a clever little film that you'll enjoy. For my part, I will always remember Atwill as SON OF FRANKENSTEIN's Inspector Krogh, wooden arm and all.

Moderately paced mystery worth watching. Movie Lover: from Grand Rapids, MI US -- May, 26, 2003

English actor Lionel Atwill started appearing in films in 1918 and his crisp speaking voice assured him a smooth transition to talkies. He was kept very busy and in 1933 (the year this film was released) he appeared in EIGHT features.

The Sphinx is an early Monogram feature, seen here is a pretty good film to DVD transfer by Alpha. The picture shows good contrast, and while the old Western Electric soundtrack is a litte noisy, the music and dialogue are good and clear.

The audience knows who the killer is from almost the first scene, but just how the authorities will prove him guilty provides the mystery here. There are several familiar character actors in the cast - George Gabby Hayes is barely recognisable as one of the police detectives. I enjoyed this minor thriller even though the pacing, typical of many early 1930's features, seems a little slow by today's standards.

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  • Sales Rank: 7,163
  • UPC: 089218412591
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