Sinister Hands

A millionaire is murdered at a séance and all in attendance had a good reason to commit the crime.
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  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 7 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Released: July 27, 2004
  • Originally Released: 1932
  • Label: Alpha Video
  • Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33

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Mysterious psychic adviser, Swami Yomurda, lures a flighty socialite into a web of the occult, against the wishes of her powerful millionaire husband, Richard Lang. Adding to Richard's displeasure is his daughter's dapper two-timing suitor with connections to the mob. Tensions erupt during a poolside party held at the Lang Mansion. Begrudging his wife's request to host a seance at their home, Richard seals his fate. During a spiritual reading performed by Swami Yomurda, Richard is murdered. Police detective, Captain Devlin (Jack Mulhall) arrives on the scene determined to find the killer. Devlin finds that everyone had a motive for the murder. Was it the mobster? The butler? Or perhaps, the mysterious Swami? Devlin knows - or thinks he does, until a second victim is found dead by the same sinister hands.

Directed by Armand Schaefer, Sinister Hands is a riveting whodunit colored with splashes of corruption, debauchery and the occult. Notably, Mischa Auer's intense portrayal of Swami Yomurda set the stage for a much more sinister reprisal of the charlatan in Sucker Money (1933).

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While holding a seance at his estate, a wealthy millionaire is murdered. During their investigation, police discover that everyone in attendant has as possible motive for committing the crime.


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Sinister Hands Movie Lover: from Oil City, PA US -- August, 1, 2007

Don't let this entertaining bit of mystery and murder escape your viewing pleasure. Try to guess the murderer in this one. (HINT: It's not the butler.) It is quite good.

dated and not that sinsister Movie Lover: from somewhere out there -- May, 12, 2006

A silly rich woman invites her swami psychic advisor to a party to entertain her goofy friends, who have been decadently hanging around the estate, playing tennis, dancing, and swimming in their big ol' 30's bathing suits. Her husband doesn't approve of the swami, his daughter's gangster fianc?, and all the other "rats" and "gee-gah-los" who've been hanging around the place, and he makes a lot of enemies among them. So, when he ends up dead during the lights-out portion of the swami's crystal ball act, it's unclear who did it. Detective Devlin (Jack Mulhall, star of the Burn 'Em Up Barnes serial, whose approach to acting seems to be SHOUTING ALL HIS LINES) is brought in to investigate, interviewing all the suspects. His job's not easy since they all had motives, and, to make things even more difficult, the killer strikes again... right when a guy was about to tell Devlin the real killer's identity over the phone, leading to the immortal line, "I know who killed Mr. Lang! It was AAARRRGGGGH!" The old-timeyness of this will likely shake off the short-attention-span crowd early, but it's not all bad if you have a tolerance for "quaint." I figured out the gimmick well before the end, though, so call me Encyclopedia Brown. The director, Armand Schaefer, also directed the aforementioned Burn 'Em Up Barnes, as well as Clyde Beatty's (grrrrreaaaat!!) Lost Jungle serial and a whole slew of b-westerns, despite being nearly completely deaf.

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  • Sales Rank: 32,319
  • UPC: 089218445391
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