Curtain at Eight

Overview

Before its absorption into the newly-formed 20th Century-Fox corporation in 1935, feisty little Majestic Pictures turned out quite a few impressive "B-plus" productions. One of the best and best-received was the "locked door" murder mystery, Curtain at Eight. Most of the action takes place at a Broadway theater, where a much-hated stage star Paul Cavanaugh is bumped off early in the proceedings. Crusty city detective Jim Hanvey C. Aubrey Smith and his dimwitted assistant Marty Gallagher Sam Hardy try to solve the...
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Overview

Before its absorption into the newly-formed 20th Century-Fox corporation in 1935, feisty little Majestic Pictures turned out quite a few impressive "B-plus" productions. One of the best and best-received was the "locked door" murder mystery, Curtain at Eight. Most of the action takes place at a Broadway theater, where a much-hated stage star Paul Cavanaugh is bumped off early in the proceedings. Crusty city detective Jim Hanvey C. Aubrey Smith and his dimwitted assistant Marty Gallagher Sam Hardy try to solve the crime before fast-talking reporter Terry Mooney Russell Hopton beats them to the punch. For a while, it looks as though the culprit is a trigger-happy chimpanzee, but a more orthodox suspect is fingered in the final reel. When it was shown on the MGM-controlled Loew's Theater circuit, Curtain at Eight was retitled Backstage Mystery, to avoid confusion with MGM's own Dinner at Eight.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/24/2009
  • UPC: 089218577092
  • Original Release: 1934
  • Source: Alpha Video
  • Region Code: 0
  • Presentation: B&W
  • Time: 1:01:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 35,676

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Dorothy Mackaill Lola Cresmer
C. Aubrey Smith Jim Hanvey
Paul Cavanagh Wylie Thornton
Sam Hardy Marty Gallagher
Marion Shilling Anice
Russell Hopton Terry Mooney
Natalie Moorhead Alma Jenkins
Hale Hamilton Maj. Manning
Ruthelma Stevens Doris Manning
Jack Mulhall Carey Weldon
Technical Credits
E. Mason Hopper Director
Earl N. Crain Editor
Edward T. Lowe Screenwriter
Ira Morgan Cinematographer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Curtain at Eight
2. Chapter 1 [9:24]
3. Chapter 2 [10:43]
4. Chapter 3 [9:40]
5. Chapter 4 [10:03]
6. Chapter 5 [9:40]
7. Chapter 6 [10:02]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Curtain at Eight
   Play
   Chapter Index
   Catalog
   Coming Attractions
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