The Dummy 1929

This is a bullet-proof yarn of a tough oftice boy engaged by a detective bureau to pose as a deaf mute. Thereby the sleuths hope to trap a gang of kidnappers. Freckled Barney Cook certainly lands the whole gang, too.

The picture looks like a convention of new Hollywood faces imported from the speaking stage. The roster includes such names as Ruth Chatterton, Frederic March and John Cromwell. It is the first film made by Robert Milton, the veteran footlight director. And, with all the stage talent, a little Hollywood boy cops the honors Mickey Bennett. He does the office boy Sherlock Holmes in glorious fashion. Another excellent performance is turned in by ZaSu Pitts.

"The Dummy" is well worth seeing, despite its obvious experimental talkie crudities. It isn't within call of "Interference's" voice, but the fundamental appeal gets it across.

Photoplay April 1929

Books with an entry on The Dummy
Larry Langman and Daniel Finn
A Guide to American Crime Films of the Thirties
Westport, Connecticut - London, 1995

The Dummy
United States 1929

Directed by
Robert Milton

Mickey Bennett
Vondell Darr
Richard Tucker
Mickey Daniels
Leon Holmes
Guy Oliver


Running time:60 minutes
Country:United States

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