Meet Miss Withers!
Stuart Palmer's spinster sleuth Hildegarde Withers debuted in the book The Penguin Pool Murder in 1931 and continued in short stories and books for decades; the first novel was so popular that RKO snapped it up for the initial installment of what would be six Miss Withers Mysteries, and we're proud to debut the series on our show this week.
Schoolmarm Miss Withers (Edna May Oliver) is taking her class to the aquarium, but in addition to the sea life they find a quite deceased man in the penguin pool (so the title of this week's film suits the movie, it seems). Miss Withers will lock horns with cop James Gleason and the cast of suspects and whatnots includes Robert Armstrong, Edgar Kennedy, Mae Clarke, and Donald Cook.
70 min. / B&W / 1.37:1
Also on the Program
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Our cartoons this week include Calling Dr. Porky and Stage Fright; we're down to only three private investigators, and one's going to make a "Suicide Sacrifice" in episode ten of The Masked Marvel; our TravelTalks takes us to Rural Hungary; more musical talent in Metro Movietone Review #2; and we've got a couple of surprises in store for you, too.
The weeks ahead will bring us The Breaking Point (Warners, 1950) with John Garfield and Patricia Neal, Race Street (RKO, 1948) with George Raft and Marilyn Maxwell; The Mask of Dimitrios (Warners, 1944) with Sydney Greenstreet and Peter Lorre; and Jack the Ripper (1959) with Eddie Byrnes and Lee Patterson!
THE PENGUIN POOL MURDER
(1932, dir. George Archainbaud)