Behind That Curtain

1929

Irving Cummings
Director
Fox Film Corporation
Studio

Scotland Yard inspector pursues a murderer across several continents, and in the process reunites estranged lovers.

Odd adaptation of the third Charlie Chan novel relegates the honorable policeman to a couple of throwaway scenes near the end of the film, and instead devotes most of the running time to a Sheik-like romance. The leads are OK, though it's obvious that Moran's career in sound films was doomed to be short, and the film tends to plod a bit. Emery's droll inspector largely makes up for those deficiencies, though. Of note, though his screentime is brief, this is the only film to have Chan portrayed by an Asian actor.

-Dave W.

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by
Earl Derr Biggers
(Bobbs Merrill)
Novel
1928






Behind That Curtain
30th June 1929
Cinema


91 mins
1.20:1




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Warner Baxter
Colonel John Beetham
Lois Moran
Eve Mannering Durand
Gilbert Emery
Sir Frederic Bruce
(as Gilbert Emory)
Claude King
Sir George Mannering
Philip Strange
Eric Durand
Boris Karloff
Soudanese Servant
Jamiel Hasson
Sahib Hanna
Peter Gawthorne
Police Inspector
John Rogers
Alfred Pornick
Edgar Norton
Hilary Galt
Frank Finch Smiles
Galt's Clerk
Mercedes De Valasco
Nunah
E.L. Park
Charlie Chan
Unknown 1454
Barmaid
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Second Barmaid
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Drunken Singer in Pub
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Drunken Singer in Pub
Arthur Housman
Drunken Singer in Pub
(unconfirmed)
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Drunken Singer in Pub
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P.C. Talking to Pornick
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Indian in Post Office
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British Official in Persia
Kathrin Clare Ward
Eve's Landlady
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Police Sergeant Giving Directions
(probably a real SFPD officer)
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Saxophone Player
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Old Lady
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Lecture M.C.
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Lecture Audience
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Lecture Audience
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Lecture Audience
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Lecture Audience
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Lecture Audience
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Policeman in Theater
Stinson SM-1 Detroiter
Airplane
Houses of Parliament
Themselves
(stock footage)
Vasquez Rocks
Thmselves


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