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Before Dawn (1933)

Sinister forces compete to find the million dollars in gold hidden by recently deceased gangster Joe Valerie in his family's old dark house 15 years earlier,

Director:

Irving Pichel

Writers:

Garrett Fort (screen play), Edgar Wallace (from the story by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Stuart Erwin ... Dwight Wilson
Dorothy Wilson ... Patricia
Warner Oland ... Dr. Paul Cornelius
Dudley Digges ... Horace Merrick
Gertrude Hoffman ... Mattie (as Gertrude W. Hoffman)
Oscar Apfel ... O'Hara
Frank Reicher ... Joe Valerie
Jane Darwell ... Mrs. Marble
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Storyline

Joe Valerie stashed a million dollars in gold from a robbery 15 years earlier. Now that he lay dying a painful death, he trades the location of the money to Dr. Cornelius for a shot to end his suffering. When Mrs. Marble reads about the death of Joe, she wants to spend the money, but the ghost of Joe causes her to fall down the stairs ending her life. When the police show up, they are not sure if it is murder of not, so they enlist Dr. Cornelius and clairvoyant Patricia to help solve the case. But everyone, except Mattie and Patricia, is looking for the loot and not the ghost of Joe Valerie. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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Now she knew the secret of the hidden room. But those who knew too much in this house always died! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Mystery

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

4 August 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Before Dawn See more »

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Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Hollywood Reporter news items had Gregory Ratoff, Hobart Cavanaugh and Lal Chand Mehra as cast members, but they did not appear or were not identifiable in the movie. At one point, several arrested psychics exited a police van, but only the back of their heads was visible. One was wearing a turban, a common costume for Mehra. See more »

Quotes

Police Chief John F. O'Hara: Ah, that Valerie was delirious!
Dr. Paul Cornelius: It wouldn't be the first time a million dollars made a man delirious
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The Wedding March
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from "A Midsummer Night's Dream, Op.61"
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Another old dark house movie....but with a ghost.
9 January 2020 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Back in the 1920s and 30s, Hollywood made a bunch of creepy old dark house films. This is yet another one, though it's a tad different here and there...enough so that it's worth seeing even if the plot isn't especially believable.

When the story begins, a man is dying in agony. He begs his doctor (Warner Oland) to kill him and put him out of his mercy....and the doctor agrees to do so AFTER the man tells him about a fortune in hidden gold.

Some time passes. At the home where the money is hid, the dead man's widow learns of his death. Now she no longer needs to keep the loot hidden...she wants to live in style. But when the ghost of the dead man seems to appear, she dies of fright.

Soon after this, the police constable (Stu Erwin) is investigating some psychic frauds. However, one of them seems to have genuine powers and the police decide to let her investigate the death of the lady by fright. What's really going on here and will they figure out the truth in time?

This is a decent old mystery, though I must admit that Warner Oland overacted horribly throughout the film. Additionally, who the killer is becomes rather obvious. Despite this, the film is enjoyable and fun...if also a bit antiquated.


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