The Sphinx (1933)
Film / Crime / Thriller
Directed by Phil Rosen
Cast: Lionel Atwill, Sheila Terry and Theodore Newton
Jerome Breen, a prominent figure in his community and a hard worker for charitable events, is seen leaving the scene of a crime in which Garfield has been strangled to death. When the matter comes to court Bacigalupi, a janitor, swears that Breen is the same man who stopped to talk to him that night. Breen's defense lawyer promptly destroys the Italian's testimony when he states that everyone knows Jerome Breen to be a deaf mute. There is something chilling about Lionel Atwill in this movie. Without saying a word he manages to make you want to crawl out of your skin. A truly great performance.