Starring: John Harron, Phyllis Barrington, Henry B. Walthall
Director: Melville Shyer (US)
Genre: Mystery, Comedy
Watch Quality B
The picture is a bit fuzzy and washed out, but it does not really interfere with the viewing experience. The audio is mostly clear.
When a murder happens in front of a large crowd at a sleazy freakshow, the police can't understand how it was done. To prove her relative's innocence, Lois joins forces with a snarky newspaper reporter to solve the case.
Star Power C+
Herron, known for his role in White Zombie (1932), Barrington, and Walthall were all popular in the early days of cinema. They do a capable job in this picture, though they do not rise to star level.
Chill Factor C+
This is an entertaining romp, though some parts of the plot are a bit hard to follow. There is some suggestive fun at the beginning as the viewer follows the crowd through the freak show. The sparks fizzle out from there.
Mental Health Check B
The film breaks up the violent scenes with comic elements, and on the whole it induces more puzzlement than anxiety. The ending is a bit tragic, but overall it's an easy watch.
Overall Grade C
It's interesting to see the freak show of the time period and the mystery is fun to follow. However, the characters do not really develop and the ending seems out of sync with the comedic tone of the film.