The Spanish Cape Mystery

The Spanish Cape Mystery

Donald Cook
Director: Lewis D. Collins Cast: Donald Cook
Donald Cook
, Helen Twelvetrees
Helen Twelvetrees
, Berton Churchill
Berton Churchill
Lewis D. Collins




Ellery Queen, the scholarly amateur detective created in 1928 by cousins Frederic Dannay and Manfred Lee (who also used "Ellery Queen" as a joint pseudonym), was introduced to the screen in the low-budget mystery The Spanish Cape Mystery. Donald Cook plays Ellery Queen in a low-key, poker-faced fashion, which may not be terribly exciting but is actually closer to the original concept than most of the movie Queens. It all begins when Ellery and his friend Judge Macklin (Berton Churchill), vacationing at a California seaside resort, enter a lavish beach house and find pretty Stella Godfrey (Helen Twelvetrees) tied to a chair. More infuriated than frightened, Stella tells Ellery what the audience has already seen: while spending time with one of her relatives the previous evening, Stella was waylaid by a mysterious gunman (Rychard Cramer), who then knocked out her relative and carried him off into the night. Apparently Stella's relative has been murdered, one of several killings which occur during the film's brief running time. The mystery and motive are solved when Stella permits herself to act as bait for the killer, but the generous Ellery allows local sheriff Moley (Harry Stubbs) to take the credit. Originally released at 65 minutes, The Spanish Cape Mystery was edited to 54 minutes for TV showings.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/06/2017
UPC: 0644827585724
Original Release: 1935
Rating: NR
Source: Reel Vault
Time: 1:14:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Donald Cook Ellery Queen
Helen Twelvetrees Stella Godfrey
Berton Churchill Judge Macklin
Frank Sheridan Godfrey
Harry Stubbs Sheriff Moley
Guy Usher Inspector Queen
Huntly Gordon Kummer
Betty Blythe Mrs. Godfrey
Olaf Hytten DuPre
Ruth Gillette Mrs. Constable
Jack LaRue Gardner
Frank Leigh Tiller
Barbara Bedford Mrs. Munn
Donald Kerr Hendricks
George Cleveland Jorum
George Baxter Actor
Arnold Gray Actor
Lee Prather Actor

Technical Credits
Lewis D. Collins Director
Albert E. DeMond Screenwriter
M.H. Hoffman Producer
Jack W. Ogilvie Editor
Gilbert Warrenton Cinematographer

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