The Plot Thickens (film)

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The Plot Thickens
Directed by Ben Holmes
Produced by Samuel J. Briskin
William Sistrom
Screenplay by Jack Townley
Clarence Upson Young
Based on The Riddle of the Dangling Pearl
by Stuart Palmer
Starring James Gleason
ZaSu Pitts
Owen Davis, Jr.
Cinematography Nicholas Musuraca
Edited by John Lockert
Distributed by RKO Radio Pictures
Release date
December 11, 1936 (1936-12-11)
Running time
69 min.
Country United States
Language English

The Plot Thickens is a 1936 mystery film directed by William Sistrom, starring James Gleason and ZaSu Pitts, who plays the schoolteacher and amateur sleuth Hildegarde Withers from Stuart Palmer's stories. Gleason reprised his role as Hildegarde's friendly nemesis, Inspector Oscar Piper, from RKO Radio Pictures' previous Hildegarde Withers films.


Hildegarde Withers (ZaSu Pitts) is a novelist who now tries to figure out the connection between two unrelated murders. Inspector Oscar Piper (James Gleason), is Hildegarde's friendly nemesis.



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