Monday, November 17, 2014

Night Key (1937)

Director: Lloyd Corrigan

Writers: Jack Moffitt, William A. Pierce, Tristram Tupper

Composer: ???

Starring: Boris Karloff, Warren Hull, Jean Rogers, Alan Baxter, Hobart Cavanaugh, Samuel S. Hinds, David Oliver, Ward Bond, Frank Reicher, Edwin Maxwell

More info: IMDb

Tagline: Death in a wax museum!

Plot: The inventor of a new top-of-the-line burglar alarm system is kidnapped by a gang in order to get him to help them commit robberies.

My rating: 7/10

Will I watch it again? Sure.

I love these old Karloff pictures (as opposed to new ones?).  Even the bad ones aren't that bad.  It's weird seeing him play such an old man so soon after FRANKENSTEIN (1931) even though he was in his mid-fifties at the time he filmed it.  Say, why is it old scientists in movies have the hottest daughters?  And the older they are the hotter the broads are?  Hmmmmm.  This picture is just a little over an hour long and the pacing is very quick and fun.  There's a lot going on and director Corrigan doesn't waste a moment.  The supporting characters are good and fun and even though the story plays out like you'd think, it's good entertainment. I've got this on the excellent Universal set, The Boris Karloff Collection.  The only extra is a trailer but the set has 4 other great Karloff pictures.

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