The Clue of the New Pin (1929 film)

The Clue of the New Pin is a 1929 British crime film directed by Arthur Maude and starring Benita Hume, Kim Peacock, and Donald Calthrop. It was made at Beaconsfield Studios.

The Clue of the New Pin
Directed byArthur Maude
Produced byS.W. Smith
Written byEdgar Wallace (novel)
Kathleen Hayden
StarringBenita Hume
Kim Peacock
Donald Calthrop
John Gielgud
CinematographyHorace Wheddon
Distributed byProducers Distributing Corporation
Release date
March 1929
Running time
7,292 feet[1]
CountryUnited Kingdom

The film was one of only 10 filmed in British Phototone, a sound-on-disc system which used 12-inch discs. All of the other nine films made in this process were short films.[2] In March 1929, this film and The Crimson Circle, filmed in the DeForest Phonofilm sound-on-film system, were 'trade-shown' to cinema exhibitors.[3]

This film is an adaptation of the 1923 novel The Clue of the New Pin by Edgar Wallace. It was later remade in 1961.


A wealthy recluse is murdered in an absolutely sealed room.




  • Low, Rachael. History of the British Film, 1918-1929. George Allen & Unwin, 1971.
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