The Moonstone (August 20, 1934)
Released August 20, 1934: On a dark and stormy night in Yorkshire a priceless yellow diamond necklace is stolen from the young woman who inherited it.
Produced by Paul Malvern
Directed by Reginald Barker
Written by Adele S. Buffington and Wilkie Collins.
The Actors: David Manners (Franklin Blake, solicitor), Phyllis Barry (Anne Verinder), Gustav von Seyffertitz (Carl Von Lucker, money lender), Jameson Thomas (Godfrey Ablewhite, Anne' cousin), Herbert Bunston (Sir John Verinder, physician and scientist), Charles Irwin (Scotland Yard Inspector Cuff), Elspeth Dudgeon (Betteredge, the housekeeper), John Davidson (Yandoo), Claude King (Sir Basil Wynard, Scotland Yard), Olaf Hytten (Dr. Ezra Jennings), Evalyn Bostock (Roseanna Spearman, the maid), Fred Walton (Henry, the butler), John Power (the driver), Harold Entwistle (Sutter), A.C. Henderson (Robbin, Cuff's partner), Arthur Thalasso (detective)
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Our mystery opens at Scotland Yard in London where Sir Basil is sending young Inspector Cuff into the wilds of Yorkshire to check on his old friend Sir John. It seems that Sir John’s young daughter has inherited the infamous Moonstone yellow diamond, and misfortune always accompanies that cursed gem.
Meanwhile, at the mansion in Yorkshire, it is a dark and stormy night, with thunder rolling and lightning flashing. Anne, her father, her cousin Godfrey are waiting for Anne’s solicitor fiancé to arrive from India with the priceless gem.
Franklin does arrive with the giant jewel and Anne immediately wears the necklace bearing the glistening gem, even though she is cautioned that it should be placed in a bank vault as quickly as possible.
Anne no sooner puts the valuable bauble around her neck when a bright bolt of lightning hits the power wires outside the house and we are all plunged into darkness. In a scramble of the dark room someone lights a candle and Anne discovers that the necklace with the Moonstone gem had disappeared. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.
Claude King and Charles Irwin
Elspeth Dudgeon and Phyllis Barry
Elspeth Dudgeon and Charles Irwin
Evalyn Bostock and Charles Irwin
Gustav von Seyffertitz, A.C. Henderson and Charles Irwin
Gustav von Seyffertitz and Charles Irwin
Gustav von Seyffertitz and Evalyn Bostock
Gustav von Seyffertitz and Phyllis Barry
Gustav von Seyffertitz
Herbert Bunston and Gustav von Seyffertitz
Jameson Thomas and Charles Irwin
Phyllis Barry and David Manners
Phyllis Barry and Herbert Bunston