Friday, February 21, 2014

"Secret of the Blue Room" Lost Now Found by YouTube

Along with the late Gore Vidal, I have been looking for years for the 1933 thriller “Secret of the Blue Room” from Universal with Lionel Atwill (shown here), Gloria Stuart and William Janney.  I had seen it on local TV in about 1953 and then it disappeared.  Lucky me; it turned up today on YouTube and is a decent spooky castle murder mystery with Edward Arnold as the detective.  Unfortunately, the resolution is very poor on YouTube.  It’s folly to assume that Comcast, which owns Universal, would restore the movie from the original 35mm negative and reissue it on DVD.  I am sure they are too busy getting a monopoly on cable TV to bother with classic movies.

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