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½ October 29, 2014
ok B movie gangsta pic
July 29, 2013
Pretty lame whodunit comedy about strange goings on in a house, a secret society, and yes, Zasu Pitts running around saying "Ohhhh" all the time. It's like they came up with the story and when Zasu became availible, they said "WRITE HER IN!". Really bad audio and editing too.
August 13, 2007
Nothing special as far as mysteries or comedies go. The plot is alright- not great and very predictable in every aspect (everyone is exactly who they seem to be). The real thing which makes this film mentionable is the exchange between James Gleason and Zasu Pitts, and though the gags they are part of are admittedly very lame, there is a very humourous sort of comedic chemistry between them.
April 14, 2007
The clandestine battle between the criminal society of the Crooked Circle and the adventurers and amateur detectives of the Sphinx Club comes to a head in a haunted house, as the villains attempt to discredit key Sphinx Club member Brand Osbourne (Lyon) and kill the club's leader.

"The Crooked Circle" is a chaotic comedy/suspense film that tries to cram entire too much into its brief running time. The idea of the Crooked Circle vs. the Sphinx Club is pretty nifty, as are the subplots and plot twists related to it. Similarly, the hijinx of the dimwitted motorcycle cop (Gleason) and the cowardly housekeeper (Pitts) in the haunted house are pretty funny. However, when the two portions of the movie are combined, they distract from one another and make the overall film messy and frustrating to watch.

This is one of the many hundreds of movies that is filled with great ideas, but which are badly executed. Although it features some decent acting (Pitts, Gleason, and Gordon--as a sinister Hindu with shadowy motives--are excellent in their parts) and some well-done sets and decent camera work, the film really isn't worth sitting through.


The Crooked Circle
Starring; Ben Lyon, James Gleason, Zasu Pitts, and C. Henry Gordon
Director; H. Bruce Humberston
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