Unmasked (1929)

Genres - Mystery  |   Sub-Genres - Detective Film  |   Run Time - 62 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Filmed at the DeForest Phonofilm Studios in New York, this crude early talkie resurrected pulp fiction detective Craig Kennedy, whose screen career dated back to the Pearl White serial The Exploits of Elaine. Kennedy (Robert Warwick) relates, in flashback, the story of one of his few unresolved cases: the mysterious poisoning of Mrs. Franklin Ward (Helen Mitchell). The suspect, Mary Wayne (Susan Conroy), apparently administered the fatal dose under the hypnotic influence of Prince Hamid (Milton Krims), an evil swami who managed to escape and remains at large. The swami, of course, is present in the group of people entertained by Kennedy's story and is unmasked by the detective as Count de Navarre.

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accusation, con/scam, confession [criminal], detective, false-accusation, fiancee, hypnosis, killing, murder