The Crooked Circle (1932 film)
|The Crooked Circle|
|Directed by||H. Bruce Humberstone|
|Produced by||William Sistrom|
|Written by||Ralph Spence (original screenplay)
Tim Whelan (additional dialogue)
|Edited by||Doane Harrison|
|Distributed by||Sono Art-World Wide Pictures (1932 release)
Astor Pictures (re-release)
In 1933, The Crooked Circle was the first feature film shown on television. In Los Angeles, the Don Lee Broadcasting System showed the film on March 10, 1933 over their experimental station W6XAO, transmitting an 80-line resolution mechanical television picture to a half-dozen or fewer receiving sets in the greater Los Angeles area. The film was shown again on June 18, 1940 on the NBC Television experimental station WX2BS, now WNBC-TV in New York City.
Characters and story
Amateur detectives in the Sphinx Club are rivals of an evil gang known as The Crooked Circle. When a Sphinx tip leads to an arrest of a Crooked Circle member, they swear revenge on Sphinx member Colonel Theodore Walters (Berton Churchill). Nora Rafferty (ZaSu Pitts) complains to Old Dan (Christian Rub) about life in creepy Melody Manor.
Brand Osborne (Ben Lyon) intends to resign from the Sphinx Club, and his replacement is the Indian Yoganda (C. Henry Gordon), who proclaims, "Evil is on the way." When Rafferty sees Yoganda's turban, she says, "I'm sorry you got a headache, sir. Shall I get you a Bromo-Seltzer?" Policeman Arthur Crimmer (James Gleason) attempts to straighten out the confusion.
- ZaSu Pitts as Nora Rafferty
- James Gleason as Arthur Crimmer
- Ben Lyon as Brand Osborne
- Irene Purcell as Thelma Parker
- C. Henry Gordon as Yoganda
- Raymond Hatton as Harmon (The Hermit)
- Roscoe Karns as Harry Carter
- Berton Churchill as Col. Walters
- Spencer Charters as Kinny
- Robert Frazer as The Stranger
- Ethel Clayton as Yvonne
- Frank Reicher as Rankin
- Christian Rub as Old Dan
- Tom Kennedy as Mike, the policeman
- Party Girl, the first commercial comedy-drama feature film shown on the Internet
- Dargis, Manohla. "Floating in the Digital Experience," The New York Times, December 30, 2009.
- The Crooked Circle: Details, archive.org; accessed September 23, 2015.