The Secret of the Blue Room
|The Secret of the Blue Room|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Kurt Neumann|
|Produced by||Carl Laemmle, Jr.|
Henry Henigson (uncredited)
|Written by||William J. Hurlbut|
|Based on||Geheimnis des Blauen Zimmers by Erich Philippi|
|Music by||Heinz Letton|
|Distributed by||Universal Pictures|
The plot is based on the German film Secret of the Blue Room, made the previous year. Universal remade it twice: as The Missing Guest in 1938 and as Murder in the Blue Room in 1944; the latter is played mostly as a comedy with songs, though still largely faithful to the original plot.
A woman's suitor challenges his two rivals to each spend a night in a room in which several murders occurred years before at 1 a.m. The suitor, Tommy, sleeps there on the first night but disappears at 1 a.m. Then the second man sleeps there on the second night. At 12:30 a.m, he starts playing the piano, but is shot half an hour later.
As these events occur, a police investigation leads to several answers to several mysteries. On the fifth night, the third man sleeps in the Blue Room. However, he places a dummy in an armchair and conceals himself behind a coat. At 1 a.m, a revolver pokes round the door and fires at the dummy. The man and several police officers jump out of their hiding places. After a furious gunfight, the villain is apprehended and it turns out to be none other than Tommy, the first suitor, who had ostensibly disappeared.
- Lionel Atwill as Robert von Helldorf
- Gloria Stuart as Irene von Helldorf
- Paul Lukas as Captain Walter Brink
- Edward Arnold as Commissioner Forster
- Onslow Stevens as Frank Faber
- William Janney as Tommy Brandt
- Robert Barrat as Paul
- Muriel Kirkland as Betty
- Russell Hopton as Max
- Elizabeth Patterson as Mary
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