The Crime of the Century

Directed by William Beaudine

Release Year: 1933
Running Time: 73
Color Type: B&W
Country: U.S.
Language: English
Genres: Mystery, Thriller
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Cast
Jean Hersholt
Wynne Gibson
Frances Dee
Stuart Erwin
Gordon Westcott
Robert Elliott

Crew
Directed by William Beaudine

He couldn’t stop himself from committing—The Crime of the Century! Director William Beaudine (The Old Fashioned Way, The Ape Man) crafts a clever whodunit about Dr. Emil Brandt, a hypnotist who bursts into a police station and confesses to a murder. The only problem is, the murder he’s confessed to hasn’t happened yet—although stolen money and dead bodies soon turn up. A wisecracking reporter tries to unravel the mystery by staying one step ahead of the cops. Based on Walter Maria Espe’s play The Grootman Case, this Pre-Code classic is packed with a star-studded cast that includes Jean Hersholt (13 Washington Square, Heidi), Wynne Gibson (Night After Night, Her Bodyguard), Stuart Erwin (Before Dawn, Our Town) and Frances Dee (Little Women, I Walked with a Zombie).