Behind That Curtain (1929)

91 mins | Mystery, Melodrama | 30 June 1929

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HISTORY

Earl Derr Biggers' novel was serialized in The Saturday Evening Post (31 Mar--5 May 1928). The novel also became the basis for the 1932 Fox production Charlie Chan's Chance , directed by John Blystone and starring Warner Oland (See Entry). According to a news item in LAT on 13 Dec 1928, Raoul Walsh was first announced by Fox as the film's director. Walsh, who lost an eye following a car accident in early Oct 1928, was replaced by Irving Cummings. A 5 May 1929 NYT article reported that location shooting took place in Death Valley, CA, near the town of Furnace Creek.
       Behind That Curtain was the first film in Fox's long-running Charlie Chan series, as well as being the first all-dialogue Chan film. For additional information on other films featuring the character, please consult the entry below for the 1931 Fox production Charlie Chan Carries On , directed by Hamilton MacFadden and starring Warner Oland and Marguerite Churchill and search the series name in the Advanced Search. ... More Less

Earl Derr Biggers' novel was serialized in The Saturday Evening Post (31 Mar--5 May 1928). The novel also became the basis for the 1932 Fox production Charlie Chan's Chance , directed by John Blystone and starring Warner Oland (See Entry). According to a news item in LAT on 13 Dec 1928, Raoul Walsh was first announced by Fox as the film's director. Walsh, who lost an eye following a car accident in early Oct 1928, was replaced by Irving Cummings. A 5 May 1929 NYT article reported that location shooting took place in Death Valley, CA, near the town of Furnace Creek.
       Behind That Curtain was the first film in Fox's long-running Charlie Chan series, as well as being the first all-dialogue Chan film. For additional information on other films featuring the character, please consult the entry below for the 1931 Fox production Charlie Chan Carries On , directed by Hamilton MacFadden and starring Warner Oland and Marguerite Churchill and search the series name in the Advanced Search. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Chicago Tribune
17 Aug 1929
p. 11.
Los Angeles Times
13 Dec 1928
p. 10.
Los Angeles Times
5 Jul 1929
p. A7.
New York Times
5 May 1929
p. 118.
New York Times
1 Jul 1929
p. 31.
Variety
3 Jul 1929.
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DETAILS
Series:
Release Date:
30 June 1929
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 20 June 1929
Copyright Claimant:
Fox Film Corp.
Copyright Date:
28 June 1929
Copyright Number:
LP506
Physical Properties:
Sound
Movietone
Black and White
Sound, also silent
Also si.
Duration(in mins):
91
Length(in feet):
8,320
Length(in reels):
10
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

Eve Mannering, daughter of a wealthy Englishman, marries Eric Durand, a fortune hunter, who kills the investigator hired by her father to examine his past. Upon discovering the plot, Eve leaves him and joins an old family friend on a desert expedition. Later, fearing she will implicate him in her affairs, Eve deserts him and comes to San Francisco. Sir Frederic Bruce, of Scotland Yard, is attracted to the case by a mysterious pair of Chinese slippers found on the victim's body--a gift from the explorer, John Beetham. His investigation leads to a lecture hall where Beetham is speaking, and there Durand is revealed to be the murderer and is killed evading the law, leaving Eve to a happy future with the ... +


Eve Mannering, daughter of a wealthy Englishman, marries Eric Durand, a fortune hunter, who kills the investigator hired by her father to examine his past. Upon discovering the plot, Eve leaves him and joins an old family friend on a desert expedition. Later, fearing she will implicate him in her affairs, Eve deserts him and comes to San Francisco. Sir Frederic Bruce, of Scotland Yard, is attracted to the case by a mysterious pair of Chinese slippers found on the victim's body--a gift from the explorer, John Beetham. His investigation leads to a lecture hall where Beetham is speaking, and there Durand is revealed to be the murderer and is killed evading the law, leaving Eve to a happy future with the explorer. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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