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The Film Mystery

Arthur B. Reeve

Book Overview: 

The Film Mystery is one of eighteen detective novels by Arthur B. Reeve starring his best known character Professor Craig Kennedy and his trusty sidekick Walter Jameson, a newspaper reporter. The pair bears an unmistakable resemblance to the more famous British master sleuth and his doctor friend. The setting of this mystery is the early days of movie making, and the murder victim is Stella Lamar, “the beautiful idol of the screen, beloved of millions”, who collapses and dies during the filming of a scene for her latest movie.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .In one corner several electricians and a camera man were experimenting with a strange-looking bank of lights. In the ballroom set, where the flats or walls were all in place, an unexcited paperhanger was busy with the paraphernalia of his craft, somehow looking out of his element in this reign of pandemonium.

It seemed hard indeed to believe that any sort of order or system lay behind this heterogeneous activity, and the incident which took Carey Drexel away from us only added to the wonder in my mind, a wonder that anything tangible and definite could be accomplished.

"Oh, Carey!" Another assistant director, or perhaps he was only a property boy, rushed up frantically the moment he saw Drexel. "Miss Miller's on a rampage because the grand piano you promised to get for her isn't at her apartment yet, and Bessie Terry's in tears because she left her parrot here overnight, as you suggested, and some one taught the bird to swear. . . Read More

Community Reviews

I found this book very interesting. Not only a mystery but also an insight of the Silent Movie industry. Published in 1921 and 6 years before the first talking movie in 1927 (The Jazz Singer staring Al Jolson). I was reminded of being told my a friend who worked for TV That all the white washing you

‘Vụ Án Phim Trường’ là một trong những cuốn trinh thám mà mình mê vì bối cảnh hơn là vụ án. Truyện được sáng tác vào thời kỳ đầu của điện ảnh, tức là thời kỳ phim câm và đen trắng. Tác giả đã bỏ công nghiên cứu quy trình quay phim, cách xưởng phim hoạt động, các mẹo lên hình sao cho ăn ảnh và các m

A mystery that has not aged well.

It could have 1 more star.
It's a classic. It had much specific knowledge about film-making, and it bore many details of the Golden Age, such as story-telling, a pair of detective-supporter, one is clever and the other is silly. The story started straight into the murder, also a good point, but from

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Plot tương đối đơn giản. Tập trung vào việc ứng dụng khoa học bằng chứng hơn là suy luận thuần túy nên đọc hơi thiếu kịch tính một chút. Logic chính là 1+1=2 chứ không có gì lắt léo. Dường như ông Arthur B. Reeve không cố gồng người đánh lạc hướng người đọc đi đâu c

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