Archive for December 29, 2014


Posted in FILM, Theatre with tags , on December 29, 2014 by dcairns




THE CRIME OF THE CENTURY (1933) is a conventional Paramount pre-code whodunnit, mostly, save for a psychotherapy/hypnosis angle, a fairly busy cast of familiar character players (Jean Hersholt, David Landau, Torben Meyer) and THIS — a sudden burst of proto-William Castle ballyhoo and narrative experimentation just before the third act. We’ve met the suspects, been introduced to their various motives, means and opportunities, and been suitably befuddled by red herrings and legerdemain. Now we’re granted one minute to sort it all out and lay our bets.

A Minute’s Thought from David Cairns on Vimeo.

Well, have you figured it out?