By Whose Hand? (1927)

Genres - Action, Crime, Drama, Spy Film  |   Sub-Genres - Action Thriller, Crime Thriller  |   Countries - USA  |  
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By Whose Hand? is a swift little thriller expertly assembled by up-and-coming Columbia Pictures. Ricardo Cortez stars as a society swell who, unbeknownst to all but insurance investigator J. Thornton Baston, is actually the daring Agent X-9. More troubleshooter than spy, Cortez is assigned to solve a baffling jewel theft. All the evidence points to Cortez' sweetheart Eugenie Gilbert, and even he is convinced for a while that she's guilty. The actual miscreant is nearly as clever and resourceful as Cortez-but only nearly. Art director Robert E. Lee does wonders convincing us that Columbia's decidedly economical sets are actually a lavish night club and a huge mansion.

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decadence, decapitation, detective, estate, expose [revelation], gore, investigation, jazz, jewel-robbery, love, maniac, opal, photography, private-detective, prostitute/prostitution, robbery, romance, schoolteacher, suspect