Supernatural

1933

Victor Halperin
Director
Paramount
Studio

Lombard is possessed by spirit of executed serial murderess while consulting a phony psychic (Dinehart). Turns out the phony psychic was one of the killer's lovers, and she has unfinished business with him. Meanwhile a scientist is experimenting with the serial killer's body, while Lombard's fiancée rides (not literally, though he is played by Randolph Scott) to her rescue.

Halperin's follow-up to his minor masterpiece White Zombie is a bit of a mess; beautfully filmed and atmospheric, but bearing all the signs of a troubled production and probable studio interference. Lombard is quite good, but miscast and obviously aware of it, Scott is stiff, and Dinehart is hammy. Warner's Frankenstein-like scientist and Mercier's seedy landlady make up for those deficits, though. Cute coda, too. The movie did not go over well with audiences, who expected something like one of Lombard's screwball comedies, and has never been released on DVD.

-Dave W.


Supernatural
12th May 1933
Cinema



65 mins
1.37:1

Supernatural
12th September 1995
VHS



64 mins
1.37:1




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Carole Lombard
Roma Courtney
Alan Dinehart
Paul Bavian
(as Allan Dinehart)
Vivienne Osborne
Ruth Rogen
Randolph Scott
Grant Wilson
H.B. Warner
Dr. Carl Houston
Beryl Mercer
Madame Gourjan, Paul's Landlady
William Farnum
Nicky Hammond
Willard Robertson
Prison Warden
George Burr Macannan
Max Schmitt
Lyman Williams
Ghost of John Courtney
Eddy Chandler
Taxi Driver
(uncredited)
Frank O'Connor
Man Removing Mourning Band from Door
(uncredited)
Alec B. Francis
Smith, Courtney's Butler
(uncredited)
Unknown
Courtney's Maid
(uncredited)
Unknown
Reynolds, Dr. Houston's Butler
(uncredited)
Unknown
Customer in Glass Blowers
(uncredited)
Unknown
Customer in Glass Blowers
(uncredited)

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