Double Feature THE SPIDER (1931) w TRICK FOR TRICK
Double Feature: THE SPIDER (1931) with TRICK FOR TRICK
THE SPIDER (1931)
Magician Chatrand the Great (Edmund Lowe) must turn detective when the lights go out and shots are fired during his act. This low-budget B movie mystery boasts moody lighting by James Wong Howe and lovingly mounted magic trick set pieces by magic fan William Cameron Menzies, plus a raft of great character actors in supporting roles, including El Brendel, George E. Stone, former silent star Earle Foxe and an unbilled Ward Bond. DIR Kenneth MacKenna, William Cameron Menzies; SCR Barry Connors, Philip Klein, from the play by Fulton Oursler, Lowell Brentano; PROD William Sistrom. U.S., 1931, b&w, 59 min, 35mm. NOT RATED
35mm preservation print courtesy of the UCLA Film & Television Archive
TRICK FOR TRICK
When a former magician’s assistant turns up dead, her two former employers Azrah (Ralph Morgan, brother of THE WIZARD OF OZ’s Frank Morgan) and La Tour (veteran heavy Victor Jory) become the cops’ prime suspects. A battle of wits ensues, along with kidnapping, double crosses and more murder. This pre-Code whodunit features impressive special effects designed by William Cameron Menzies. DIR Hamilton MacFadden; SCR Howard J. Green. U.S., 1933, b&w, 67 min, 35mm. NOT RATED
AFI Member passes accepted.
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