The Plot Thickens (film)

The Plot Thickens is a 1936 mystery film directed by William Sistrom, starring James Gleason and ZaSu Pitts, who plays the schoolteacher and amateur sleuth Hildegarde Withers from Stuart Palmer's stories. Gleason reprised his role as Hildegarde's friendly nemesis, Inspector Oscar Piper, from RKO Radio Pictures' previous Hildegarde Withers films.

The Plot Thickens
Directed byBen Holmes
Produced bySamuel J. Briskin
William Sistrom
Screenplay byJack Townley
Clarence Upson Young
Based onThe Riddle of the Dangling Pearl
1932 story
by Stuart Palmer
StarringJames Gleason
ZaSu Pitts
Owen Davis, Jr.
CinematographyNicholas Musuraca
Edited byJohn Lockert
Distributed byRKO Radio Pictures
Release date
December 11, 1936 (1936-12-11)
Running time
69 min.
CountryUnited States


Hildegarde Withers (ZaSu Pitts) is a novelist who now tries to figure out the connection between two unrelated murders. Inspector Oscar Piper (James Gleason), is Hildegarde's friendly nemesis.



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