|THE DARK HOUR (THE LAST TRAP) (director: Charles Lamont; screenwriter: Ewart Adamson/from a novel by Sinclair Glick; cinematographer: M.A. Andersen; editor: Roland D. Reed; music: ; cast: William V Wong (Henry Carson), Ray Walker (Jim Landis), Burton Churchill (Paul Bernard), Irene Ware (Elsa Carson), Hobart Bosworth (Charles Carson), Lloyd Whitlock (Dr. Bruce), Hedda Hopper (Mrs. Marian Tallman), Harold Goodwin (Peter Blake), Michael Marks (Arthur Bell), E.E. Clive (Foot), Miki Morita (Choong); Runtime: 64; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: George R. Batcheller; Chesterfield Pictures Corporation; 1936)|
|"A creepy old-dark-house mystery
that is humorously made."
by Dennis Schwartz
creepy old-dark-house mystery that is humorously made.
It's keenly directed by Charles Lamont ("The
Kettles in the Ozarks"/"Chip Off The Old
Costello Meet the Mummy"). There are
plenty of suspects in this murder mystery, but it ends
with the male killer caught in drag.
heroine, Elsa Carson (Irene Ware),
resides with her two wealthy Realtor uncles, Henry and
Charles Carson (William V Wong & Hobart
Bosworth). An arsonist targets their
tenements, resulting in the death of the wife and son
of Arthur Bell (Michael Marks), one of their tenants.
Soon Henry is discovered dead of foul play, asphyxiation
and stab wounds, at the Carson Library. Henry
did not approve of Elsa dating the young private
detective, Jim Landis (Ray Walker).
hired by Elsa ti investigate the crimes and he finds
there are many suspects. The prime suspect is the
chemist Blake (Harold Goodwin), a lodger with their
neighbor, the retired police detective Paul Bernard (Berton
Churchill), who threatened
Henry to arrange a marriage with Elsa because he was
after her inheritance. Another suspect is Elsa's
Aunt Marian (Hedda Hopper), whose singed dress was
found by Jim in Elsa's room. Also stabbed to death is
Carson's butler (E.E. Clive). The older
retired detective helps the younger one out, after
several more misleading tips are investigated. When
the case is resolved Elsa and Jim wed, while Marian
and Bernard also wed after finding time for romance
during the murder investigation.
REVIEWED ON 2/15/2016 GRADE: B-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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