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Legendary Detectives 20 Movie Pack
Legendary Detectives 20 Movie Pack
Actors: John Barrymore, John Howard, Boris Karloff, Anne Gwynne, Ralph Byrd
Genres: Mystery & Suspense
NR     2007     22hr 17min

Brought together is this twenty film collection of mysteries and suspense from Mill Creek Entertainment. Featuring such classic stars as John Barrymore, John Howard, Morgan Conway, Ralph Byrd, Boris Karloff, Anne Gwynne, a...  more »

     
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Actors: John Barrymore, John Howard, Boris Karloff, Anne Gwynne, Ralph Byrd
Genres: Mystery & Suspense
Sub-Genres: Mystery & Suspense
Studio: Mill Creek Entertainment
Format: DVD
DVD Release Date: 09/25/2007
Release Year: 2007
Run Time: 22hr 17min
Number of Discs: 5
SwapaDVD Credits: 5
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
Edition: Box set
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

Bulldog, Dick, Holmes and Shadow
Annie Van Auken | Planet Earth | 11/20/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)

"MILL CREEK ENTERTAINMENT multi-movie packs are fairly priced and of good quality. These twenty unrestored public domain film transfers vary from very good to sometimes fair-- none are ever unwatchable.


The "legendary detectives" in this DVD pack are all derivative movie serials of the 1930s and '40s.

"The Shadow" was a half-hour radio series first broadcast 7/31/30. Originally only the narrator of mystery stories, by 1937 "Shadow" Lamont Cranston (now portrayed by a young Orson Welles) had become an integral character in each episode aired. The program's 24 year run ended the day after Christmas, 1954. The three Shadow films here were first seen in 1937, at the height of the radio show's popularity.

"Bulldog Drummond" was created in 1920 by British author Herman McNeile, who published under the pseudonym "Sapper." The Drummond stories were directly influenced by "noir" detectives then popular in American fiction, and are considered the forerunner of James Bond. The half-dozen movies in this set that feature this character are all from the late 1930s.

"Dick Tracy" was a comic strip crimefighter brought to life by the pen and imagination of Detroit newspaper artist Chester Gould, in October 1931. Gould worked on the strips until he retired in 1977. Other artists are still producing the stories 76 years after the series' inception.
In the comics, police detective Tracy wooed future wife Tess Trueheart for 18 years, finally marrying her on Xmas Day, 1949. During that span, square-jawed Tracy came up against such legendary bad guys as B-B Eyes, Flattop Jones, Pruneface, Haf and Haf, 88 Keys, Mr, Crime, Sphinx, Pear-shape and Faceless Redrum.
The Dick Tracy radio show aired from 1935 to '48. In the movies Tracy was portrayed primarily by Ralph Byrd (beginning in '37). Byrd stayed with the series until it ended after a brief run on early television.

"Sherlock Holmes," the most renowned fictional detective of all, was the creation of Scottish author and physician Arthur Conan Doyle. The Holmes stories were published in various British magazines beginning in 1887. Over the years Conan Doyle tried more than once to kill off the character, but public clamor made him reconsider. Doyle wrote four novels and fifty-six short stories starring Holmes and Dr. John Watson, his friend and cohort in adventure, right up until the knighted author's death in 1930.

MILL CREEK's SUSPENSE! 20 Movie Pack would make a fine companion piece to this DVD set.

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Parenthetical numbers preceding titles are 1 to 10 viewer poll ratings found at a film resource website.

(5.6) Bulldog Drummond Comes Back (1937) - John Barrymore/John Howard
(5.7) Bulldog Drummond Escapes (1937) - Ray Milland/Guy Standing
(5.9) Bulldog Drummond In Africa (1938) - John Howard/Anthony Quinn (in a minor role)
(6.0) Bulldog Drummond's Peril (1938) - John Barrymore/John Howard
(5.9) Bulldog Drummond's Revenge (1937) - John Barrymore/John Howard
(6.4) Bulldog Drummond's Secret Police (1939) - John Howard/Heather Angel
(5.5) Dick Tracy, Detective - Morgan Conway/Anne Jeffreys
(5.9) Dick Tracy's Dilemma (1947) - Ralph Byrd/Lyle Latell/Kay Christopher
(6.1) Dick Tracy Meets Gruesome (1947) - Boris Karloff/Ralph Byrd
(6.0) Dick Tracy vs. Cueball (1946) - Morgan Conway/Anne Jeffreys
(7.0) Dressed To Kill ("Sherlock Holmes") (1946) - Basil Rathbone/Nigel Bruce
(6.1) International Crime ("The Shadow") (1938) - Rod La Roque/Astrid Allwyn
(5.3) The Shadow Strikes (1937) - Rod La Roque/Agnes Anderson
(6.5) The Shadow: The Invisible Avenger (1958) - Richard Derr/Jeanne Neher/Dan Mullin
(6.8) Sherlock Holmes And The Secret Weapon (1943) - Basil Rathbone/Nigel Bruce/Lionel Atwill
(6.0) The Sign Of Four ("Sherlock Holmes") (1932) - Arthur Wontner/Ian Hunter
(6.4) A Study In Scarlet ("Sherlock Holmes") (1933) - Reginald Owen/Warburton Gamble
(7.0) Terror By Night ("Sherlock Holmes") (1946) - Basil Rathbone/Nigel Bruce/Alan Mowbray
(6.1) The Triumph Of Sherlock Holmes (1935) - Arthur Wontner/Ian Fleming (as Dr. Watson)
(6.9) The Woman In Green ("Sherlock Holmes") (1945) - Basil Rathbone/Nigel Bruce/Hillary Brooke"