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Strange People (June 17, 1933)

Strange People
 

Released on June 17, 1933: Twelve men and women are lured to a mansion on a dark and stormy night, and murder is on the menu.

Produced by George R. Batcheller

Directed by Richard Thorpe

The Actors: John Darrow (auto salesman Jimmy Allen), Gloria Shea (secretary Helen Mason), Walter Brennan (the radio repairman), Hale Hamilton (attorney J.E. Burton), Wilfred Lucas (John Davis), J. Frank Glendon (Robert Crandall the butler), Michael Visaroff (Edwards the caretaker), Jack Pennick (the plumber), Jerry Mandy (Tony Scabolotto the barber), Lew Kelly (Smith the insurance salesman), Jane Keckley (Mrs. Reed the seamstress), Mary Foy (Mrs. Jones the housekeeper), Frank LaRue (Kelly), Stanley Blystone (Al Burke), Gordon De Main (first detective), Roger Moore (Joe Young), Jay Wilsey (traveler)

 
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The Mansion at 1300 Amherst

It Was A Dark And Stormy Night . . . . Honest . . . Pounding rain, thunderous claps of lightning . . . And we see a grave stone . . . Someone is digging . . . . Segway to the dark mansion at 3100 Amherst . . . A man in a trench coat and hat . . . Then the doorbell rings . . . The butler answers and a stuttering Walter Brennan enters . . . “Did you call for a radio repairmen?” . . . “Yes, Walk this way,” . . . Soon the doorbell rings again . . . The fellow at the door proclaims that he is a barber, called to the house to give the owner a close shave. . . . Then the doorbell rings again, and the butler greets a plumber, and tells him that the kitchen sink needs attention. As the claps of thunder ring out, more people arrive at the creepy mansion at 3100 Amherst. The visitors to the mansion on this dark and stormy night include a secretary, an automobile salesman, an insurance agent, a seamstress, a housekeeper . . . Soon twelve men and women enter the mansion. . . Twelve Good Men and Women . . . Good and True . . . Or maybe not . . . As the rain pounds against the house and the lightning flashes, these twelve people discover that they all served on a jury that convicted the owner of the mansion to death for murder. A murder that he will hang for in a week. Before they can figure out what is going on, the lights go out . . . Screams in the dark . . . Candles are lit . . . There is a dead body on the floor . . . The Butler Did It . . . No . . . The dead man is the butler . . . The doorbell rings again . . . The twelve men and women, good and true, decide to open the door . . . Now it gets interesting . . . Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter over it and enjoy the show.

Gloria Shea and John Darrow
Gloria Shea and John Darrow
Hale Hamilton and Frank La Rue
Hale Hamilton and Frank La Rue
Hale Hamilton and John Darrow
Hale Hamilton and John Darrow
Hale Hamilton and John Darrow
Hale Hamilton and John Darrow
Hale Hamilton, Mary Foy and Jane Keckley
Hale Hamilton, Mary Foy and Jane Keckley
J. Frank Glendon and Gloria Shea
J. Frank Glendon and Gloria Shea
Jane Keckley and J. Frank Glendon
Jane Keckley and J. Frank Glendon
Jane Keckley
Jane Keckley
Jay Wilsey
Jay Wilsey
Jerry Mandy
Jerry Mandy
Jerry Mandy
Jerry Mandy
John Darrow holds Gloria Shea
John Darrow holds Gloria Shea
John Darrow
John Darrow
Walter Brennan and Jack Pennick
Walter Brennan and Jack Pennick