Sinister Hands (1932)

65-66 mins | Mystery | 1932

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HISTORY

A modern source notes the film was produced at Talisman Studios and gives the following credits: Norton Parker, Scr ; Oliver Drake, Adpt ; William Nobles, Photog . In addition, the following cast credits are included: Jack Mulhall ( Detective Captain Devlin ); Phyllis Barrington ( Ruth Frazer ); Crauford Kent ( Judge McLeod ); Mischa Auer ( Swami Yomurda ); Jimmy Burtis ( Watkins ); Phillips Smalley ( Richard Lang ); Louis Natheaux ( Nick Genna ); Gertrude Messenger ( Betty Lang ); Lloyd Ingraham ( John Frazer ); Helen Foster ( Vivian Rogers ); Lillian West ( Mrs. Lang ); Fletcher Norton ( Lefty Lewis ); Bess Flowers ( Mary Browne ); and Russell Collar ( Tommy Lang ). The 1933 Willis Kent production Sucker Money (see below) also includes in the cast Mischa Auer as "Swami Yomurda," as well as Phyllis Barrington and Fletcher ... More Less

A modern source notes the film was produced at Talisman Studios and gives the following credits: Norton Parker, Scr ; Oliver Drake, Adpt ; William Nobles, Photog . In addition, the following cast credits are included: Jack Mulhall ( Detective Captain Devlin ); Phyllis Barrington ( Ruth Frazer ); Crauford Kent ( Judge McLeod ); Mischa Auer ( Swami Yomurda ); Jimmy Burtis ( Watkins ); Phillips Smalley ( Richard Lang ); Louis Natheaux ( Nick Genna ); Gertrude Messenger ( Betty Lang ); Lloyd Ingraham ( John Frazer ); Helen Foster ( Vivian Rogers ); Lillian West ( Mrs. Lang ); Fletcher Norton ( Lefty Lewis ); Bess Flowers ( Mary Browne ); and Russell Collar ( Tommy Lang ). The 1933 Willis Kent production Sucker Money (see below) also includes in the cast Mischa Auer as "Swami Yomurda," as well as Phyllis Barrington and Fletcher Norton. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
5 Jun 32
p. 11.
Harrison's Reports
20 Aug 32
p. 124.
Variety
16 Aug 32
p. 15.
DETAILS
Release Date:
1932
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 9 August 1932
Physical Properties:
Sound
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
65-66
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

The wife of a wealthy man is taken in by a fake fortune-teller, who, after being given large sums of money, performs a séance at her home. The séance takes place during a party, and when the lights are turned out, there is a disturbance and the husband is found dead. A police captain takes on the murder case and gathers all the attendees of the séance together in one room. He finds out that the wife was unhappy with her husband and suspects that the swami who conducted the séance is a fortune-hunter who has intentions of marrying the wife for her money. He also learns that the wife of the husband's business partner was having an affair with the husband. In addition, the captain discovers that the husband prevented his daughter from marrying a criminal with whom she was in love. The police captain concludes that the killer was the husband's lawyer, who had forged the husband's signature on bonds and intended to cash them in for ... +


The wife of a wealthy man is taken in by a fake fortune-teller, who, after being given large sums of money, performs a séance at her home. The séance takes place during a party, and when the lights are turned out, there is a disturbance and the husband is found dead. A police captain takes on the murder case and gathers all the attendees of the séance together in one room. He finds out that the wife was unhappy with her husband and suspects that the swami who conducted the séance is a fortune-hunter who has intentions of marrying the wife for her money. He also learns that the wife of the husband's business partner was having an affair with the husband. In addition, the captain discovers that the husband prevented his daughter from marrying a criminal with whom she was in love. The police captain concludes that the killer was the husband's lawyer, who had forged the husband's signature on bonds and intended to cash them in for himself. +

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