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The House of Secrets (1936)

Passed | | Mystery | 28 October 1936 (USA)
Two men stumble into an old mansion, and get involved with a crazed scientist, torture chambers and sinister medical experiments.

Director:

Roland D. Reed

Writers:

Sydney Horler (from the play and novel by), John W. Krafft (screenplay) (as John Krafft)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Leslie Fenton ... Barry Wilding
Muriel Evans ... Julie Kenmore
Noel Madison ... Dan Wharton
Sidney Blackmer ... Tom Starr
Morgan Wallace ... Dr. Kenmore
Holmes Herbert ... Sir Bertram Evans - Home Secretary
Ian Maclaren Ian Maclaren ... Commissioner Cross
Jameson Thomas ... Coventry
Syd Saylor ... Ed
Matty Fain Matty Fain ... Jumpy
George Rosener ... Hector Munson
Matty Kemp ... Man on Ship
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Globe-trotter Barry Wilding (Leslie Fenton) intercedes when a man annoys Julie Kenmore (Muriel Evans) on a ship crossing the English Channel, but she refuses to tell him her name or address. Barry determines to find her in London, but he is summoned to a lawyer's office and informed that he has inherited "The Hawk's Nest", a large estate outside London. He has to sign a declaration that he will never sell the property. He arrives there and is roughly put off his own property be trespassers who have taken up residence. Despite offers to buy the estate and warnings to get out of England, Barry refuses to do either. Julie appears and tells Barry she is living at "The Hawk's Nest" and he must allow her and her father, Dr. Kenmore (Morgan Wallace), to continue to live there for at least six months, and he can not visit her there. But Barry continues to try to solve the mystery that surrounds his inheritance even after being attacked by three American gangsters. Barry tries to enlist the ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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A guest at the "The House of Secrets"...an adventurer finds plenty of excitement when Death plays host. See more »

Genres:

Mystery

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 October 1936 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono | Mono (RCA Victor High Fidelity System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The earliest documented telecast of this film took place in New York City Saturday 13 November 1948 on WATV (Channel 13). It first aired in Cincinnati Thursday 10 November 1949 on WKRC (Channel 11). See more »

Quotes

Dan Wharton: That dick can see with his ears and with the back of his head.
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Remake of The House of Secrets (1929) See more »

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The last gasp for Chesterfield Pictures
20 December 2013 | by kevinolzakSee all my reviews

1936's "The House of Secrets" has an interesting story and excellent cast, but unwinds in maddening fashion. Liverpool-born Leslie Fenton ("The Public Enemy") stars as an American in England, who finds his own inherited mansion already occupied by strangers armed with guns. Occasionally we hear wild screams, and there's rumored to be buried treasure, livened up by strong performers such as Sidney Blackmer, Morgan Wallace, Holmes Herbert, and perennial gangster Noel Madison. Love interest is supplied by the comely Muriel Evans, whose career in features never surpassed her extensive career in Hal Roach comedy shorts, working with Laurel and Hardy, Grady Sutton, and especially Charlie Chase (retiring by 1940, she died in 2000). Leslie Fenton had four more acting roles ahead, switching to directing in 1938, piling up an impressive total of 20 features by 1951 (he died in 1978). This was virtually the last gasp for Chesterfield Pictures, an independent outfit responsible for over 100 features over its 11 year lifespan.


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