Trick for Trick. 1933. USA. Directed by Hamilton MacFadden, William Cameron Menzies. With Ralph Morgan, Sally Blane, Victor Jory. 67 min.
The great production designer and visual effects specialist William Cameron Menzies conjures up a range of eye-popping wonders for this unclassifiable mystery-comedy, set in a sort of Gothic Deco castle perched on the New Jersey Palisades, where fraudulent medium Ralph Morgan does battle with his vengeful former partner Victor Jory. Complete with a mad scientist (Luis Alberni), a comely ingénue (Sally Blane), a wise-cracking cop (Boothe Howard) and Tod Browning’s favorite little person, John George.