Sinister Hands

  • 1932
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Mystery

Dumb little murder mystery features Mulhall as the police captain trying to get to the bottom of some nasty goings-on. When Smalley is killed during a seance, an Oriental dagger turns up as the murder weapon, and all present become suspects. Each had a reason for disliking the murdered man: his wife (West) hated her husband and is having an affair with...read more

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Dumb little murder mystery features Mulhall as the police captain trying to get to the bottom of some nasty goings-on. When Smalley is killed during a seance, an Oriental dagger turns up as the murder weapon, and all present become suspects. Each had a reason for disliking the murdered

man: his wife (West) hated her husband and is having an affair with Auer, who also was present at the seance. Messenger was at odds with her father because of her involvement with a gangster. Smalley's butler, Norton, turns out to be an ex-convict. The script is poorly plotted--pitted with bad

jokes and some awkwardly crafted moments--and the ending is unsuspenseful and anticlimactic. SINISTER HANDS was among a small number of "indoor pictures" made by Crauford Kent, who was known for his work in "quickie" westerns. Burtis, who has a small role in this film, was a top star and director

for Universal during the silent film era.

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