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The Hole in the Wall (1929 film)

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The Hole in the Wall
The Hole in the Wall dvd cover.jpg
Directed byRobert Florey
Written byPierre Collings
Based onThe Hole in the Wall
by Frederick J. Jackson
StarringClaudette Colbert
Edward G. Robinson
David Newell
CinematographyGeorge J. Folsey
Edited byMort Blumenstock
Music byGerard Carbonara
W. Franke Harling
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • April 27, 1929 (1929-04-27)
Running time
63 minutes[1]
CountryUnited States

The Hole in the Wall is a 1929 pre-Code mystery drama film directed by Robert Florey, and starring Claudette Colbert and Edward G. Robinson. This early talking picture was the first appearance of Edward G. Robinson in the role of a gangster, and "can be viewed as a dry run for his eventual success (in 1931 in Little Caesar)". It was also one of Colbert's first film appearances.[1][2][3]

It was shot at the Astoria Studios in New York. The film is a remake of an earlier 1921 silent The Hole in the Wall.

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According to critic Troy Howarth, the film "is an interesting amalgam of gangster melodrama and horror, one in which Edward G. Robinson steals the show." Colbert's "character becomes more complex as the picture unfolds, and the actress keeps up just fine."[1] He commented that Florey's bizarre set designs for the medium's den looked as if they were inspired by the German film The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari.[1]

See also


  1. ^ a b c d Workman, Christopher; Howarth, Troy (2016). Tome of Terror: Horror Films of the Silent Era. Midnight Marquee Press. p. 339. ISBN 978-1936168-68-2.
  2. ^ The Hole in the Wall at
  3. ^ The AFI Catalog of Feature Films 1893-1993:The Hole in the Wall

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