Dr. Boris Karlov (Warner Oland) seeks revenge on the Russian Royal family who he blames for the death of his daugher, a ballet dancer.
He is sent away to prison but years later manages to get out during the Russian revolution.
The royal family escapes to America where Karlov begins tracking them down and sending them a piece off a necklace called "Drums of Jeopardy" which means they will die in 24 hours.
Yes, a fun mystery with an evil Warner Oland; Mischa Auer as a taciturn henchman; June Collyer as the instant love of plucky aristocrat Lloyd Hughes's life; and Clara Blandick as Collyer's conservative, feisty, too talkative aunt with an umbrella. And, a number of other bad guys and good guys. The story seems far-fetched in the 21st century, but no doubt had people on the edge of their seats back in the 1930s. The film moves along quickly, there's lots of action and the acting isn't half bad.
January 27, 2011 Subject:
A fun movie that is worth seeing.
January 2, 2011 Subject:
..I got a copy out of the buck bin..i'd like a 75 cent refund..!..movie sucks..
Reviewer:Dr Feel Rotten
January 1, 2011 Subject:
It's a small wonder Karloff didn't sue, but the names were spelled differently..I expected karloff in it, but Karlov could just as easily been the vodka brand I suppose..
Well for land sakes..all this Tom Foolery!
Now days you can't fire a gun in the city without a zillion cops coming out of the woodwork unless it's new Years Eve or 4th of July in which case murder becomes to easy..surprised more people aren't murdered those nights come to think of it.
December 28, 2010 Subject:
Good grief! It's Auntie Em!
What at first seems to be a mad scientist yarn, quickly becomes an action-packed potboiler with bodies stacked up like cordwood. A breathless plot that opens in imperial Russia but ends in rural New York State, has Warner Orland as a twisted scientist turned unstoppable Bolshevik assassin in pursuit of fleeing Russian aristocrats. Mischa Auer plays it straight as his sinister henchman. Clara Blandick is particular fun as a feisty maiden aunt, a character she would make her own in succeeding films. Though only 65 minutes in length, this very definitely is an A-feature with a large cast and good production values. Deathtraps and a wild shootout cap an over-the-top finale that plays like a matinee serial. A lot of fun. FOOTNOTES: This is the remake of a probably lost 1923 silent with the same name. Today's audiences know Clara Blandick as Auntie Em in "The Wizard of Oz."
December 25, 2010 Subject:
A Very Enjoyable 65 Minutes
The movie starts very melodramatically, with a young woman in bed, tended by her mother, apparently dying. The reason for her deterioration is never stated, though it has to do with her relationship with some man. The acting here is poor. Her father (get this, his name is Boris Karlov, played by Warner Oland, acting like an evil Charlie Chan) enters, and demands the name of the man responsible, but his daughter refuses. A necklace, The Drums of Jeopardy, falls from under the bed covers, which he recognizes as belonging to the Petrovs, and vows revenge.
The movie and acting get better in the second act as the Petrovs come to America, fleeing the Bolshevik revolution. Karlov, working for the Bolsheviks, is in America already, and waiting for them. The Petrov sons escape Karlov twice, and flee to a country mansion on a dark and stormy night. Karlov and his goons are right behind.
This is an very 1930s movie with plot elements, and plot holes, typical of the period. The escaping Petrovs meet and are aided by a rich New York family. Karlov has a bullet-proof vest that defies Newton's third law of motion.
Clara Blandick, playing the matron of the New York family, shines while providing some humor.
The book, The Drums of Jeopardy, is available for download here at IA.
The movie pauses for 3 or 4 seconds at about 23:08 minutes into the movie. It's a good transfer from film, showing some wear and tear. Minor compression artifacts are visible throughout, but don't detract much. Otherwise, the video is good, as is the audio.