A Shriek in the Night

This is another mystery film, but this time from 1933. It stars Ginger Rogers and a chap named Lyle Talbot who I had never heard of, but it turns out he had a long career in film and television.

The story was pretty standard stuff, very much like any other mystery story with a bit of whodunit mixed in, but of course this is older than most mystery films.

The acting was wooden on the whole, although Ginger and Lyle were quite good. There are one or two funny bits, one or two scenes featuring a stereotypical scared African-American woman, and the now standard dialogue at the end explaining to the audience the whole sordid plot (it was explained too quickly though, and took a while).

Ginger was 22 at the time, and this was her sixteenth film after starting her career in films only three years prior. She made several films each year, in 1933 alone she was in ten of them, and continued until 1965. I will add her to my list of all-time great actors and actresses.

Not essential viewing, but I like old-timey films just for the look into life back in the day.

Date watched: May 25th
Score: 5.5/10
Film count 2016: 86

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