The Argyle Case
|The Argyle Case|
theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Howard Bretherton|
|Written by||Harvey F. Thew
De Leon Anthony
|Based on||The Argyle Case: a Drama in Four Acts (1912 play)'
Harvey J. O'Higgins
William J. Burns
|Cinematography||James Van Trees|
|Edited by||Thomas Pratt|
|Distributed by||Warner Bros.|
The Argyle Case (1929) is an all-talking pre-code murder horror film produced and released by Warner Bros., and directed by Howard Bretherton. The movie stars Thomas Meighan, H.B. Warner, Lila Lee, John Darrow and Zasu Pitts. The film was based on a play by Harriet Ford and Harvey J. O'Higgins.
The play was previously filmed as a silent in 1917, The Argyle Case.
A wealthy man is shot just as he reaches for the phone to call for the police. Suspicion falls on his ward (Lila Lee) as he has intended to change his will, which had left his entire estate to her, to share it equally with his nephew. The nephew, who is in love with Lee, calls in a private detective, who eventually finds it is the lawyer who is the criminal.
- Thomas Meighan as Alexander Kayton
- H.B. Warner as Hurley
- Lila Lee as Mary Morgan
- John Darrow as Bruce Argyle
- Zasu Pitts as Mrs. Wyatt
- Bert Roach as Joe
- Wilbur Mack as Sam
- Douglas Gerrard as Finley
- Alona Marlowe as Kitty
- James Quinn as Skidd
- Gladys Brockwell as Mrs. Martin
No film elements are known to survive. The soundtrack, which was recorded on Vitaphone disks, may survive in private hands. The sound to four reels (Reels 3, 5, 7, and 9), out of nine reels, survives on Vitaphone disks at the UCLA Film and Television Archive.
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