This mystery movie has been the 1930 RKO film “Conspiracy,” by Robert Baker and John Emerson (note that IMDB says they are uncredited. Oops). With Bessie Love, Ned Sparks, Hugh Trevor, Ivan Lebedeff, Rita LaRoy, Gertrude Howard, Otto Matiesen (sic), Walter Long, Donald MacKenzie and Jane Keckley. Directed by Christy Cabanne, produced by William LeBaron. Scenery and costumes by Max Ree, screenplay by Beulah-Marie Dix, photography by Nick Musuraca.
I was interested in “Conspiracy” primarily because of this establishing shot of the Biltmore. What’s especially interesting is that this seems to be an early example of a zoom shot. And I have no idea how they pulled it off.
Here it is in mid-zoom.
And dissolve to…..
There are much better shots of the Biltmore in “For the Defense,” a Paramount picture, also from 1930.
The DVD is available from Warner Archive for $17.99.
Oddly enough, neither the New York Times or the Los Angeles Times reviewed “Conspiracy.” At least I can’t find any mention of it in either paper.
For Monday, we have a mystery woman.
Update: This is Gertrude Howard.
For Tuesday, we have three mystery guests.
Update: This is Gladden James, Lucille Ward and Oscar Apfel.
Brain Trust roll call: Tucson Barbara (mystery movie and mystery guest).
For Wednesday, we have two mystery gents.
Update: This is Hugh Trevor and James Bradbury Sr.
Brain Trust roll call: Mike Hawks (mystery movie and Monday’s and Tuesday’s mystery guests), Mary Mallory (Tuesday’s mystery gent No. 2) and Tucson Barbara (Tuesday’s mystery guests).
For Thursday, we have a mystery gent. You would recognize him easily if you could hear his voice.
Update: This is Ned Sparks, but his strange “writer’s” costume makes him hard to recognize.
Brain Trust roll call: Tucson Barbara (Wednesday’s mystery guests), Mike Hawks (Wednesday’s Mystery Guest No. 1) and Mary Mallory (mystery movie, Monday’s and Tuesday’s mystery guests and Wednesday’s Mystery Guest No. 1).
For Friday, we have a pair of mystery guests…. A mystery gent….
Update: This is Otto Matieson (Matiesen).
… and a mystery woman.
Update: This is Bessie Love.
Brain Trust roll call: Mary Mallory (Thursday’s mystery gent), Tucson Barbara (Thursday’s mystery gent) and Mike Hawks (Thursday’s mystery gent).