Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Mystery of Mr X (1934)
Someone is killing police officers in London. When one of the murders occurs outside a house being burglarized the police think the two crimes are linked. However when the the wrong man is arrested and put on trial the thief steps into help him. This also puts him on the radar of the police who realize he knows too much. Complications ensue when the thief begins to fall in love with the police inspectors daughter.
Neat little murder mystery is a breezy but often tense affair. If the film works it's due in large part to the cast that is headed by Robert Montgomery and is filled out by great character stalwarts including Lewis Stone.
Also helping things is the great look of the film. Nice deep focus shots of dark and creepy places. I put the film on as a goof to fall asleep to only to find the skulking shadows and dark corners of London hooked me and kept me up until almost 1AM.
What a neat little film.