Sunday, January 23, 2011

The Drums Of Jeopardy (1931)

3 / 5 Jan '11
Tagline: N/A
Directed by: George B. Seitz
Written by: Harold McGrath, Florence Ryerson
Actors include: Warner Oland, Lloyd Hughes, June Collyer
Genre: Horror, Drama
Length: 75 minutes
Banned: Nope

This is the sound remake of a film from 1923, I haven't seen the original but this is reasonably decent I suppose though it wasn't very exciting. The story is about a Man (worth noting that this character is called Boris Karlov in both versions of the film and the book which predates Boris Karloff's notoriety in the film Frankenstein) who discovers his daughter dying, he asks her who is responsible but she refuses to answer. Soon after he finds a necklace that has the "Drums Of Jeopardy" on them, it just happens to belong to the Petroff family. They have many members, and Karlov can't be sure whom, but he does know that the necklace charms are apparently cursed. When a drum is sent to someone, they turn up dead shortly after, so he begins sending off the drums one by one to family members to try and find and punish the guilty party. It's rather dry, and the deaths aren't very shocking, it's just a color by numbers revenge tale. I can't help but wonder if the original were more lively, this one does drag on even at a mere 75 minute run time. Oh well, I won't be watching this again but if you love early horror films then you might want to give this a try.

Availability:  On DVD

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