The Donovan Affair (1929)

Genres - Comedy, Mystery  |   Sub-Genres - Police Detective Film  |   Run Time - 83 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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This comedy-mystery is famed director Frank Capra's first all-talking film. It tells the story of a bungling police inspector who tries to re-enact a murder scene with disastrous results. The first killing occurred within a darkened dining room. Unfortunately, when the inspector resets the scene, someone else is murdered. The poor inspector is terribly embarrassed, but this does not stop him from trying one more time. The original guests assist him and the murderer is finally captured.

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bumbler, clone, couple, criminal, detective, diner, guest, help, humiliation, inspection, investigation, killing, murder, police, private-detective, room, trick