Odds for Murder — Top model Violet Feverel should be a pretty picture riding the big red thoroughbred Siwash -- but the front page photo on the tabloids is ugly as death. The police dub the tragedy an unfortunate accident. But Miss Hildegarde Withers, who stumbled across the girl's body on the Central Park bridle path, knows they ... more »are, unfortunately, wrong. Just plain horse sense tells her it was murder.
Who was the stranger in the too-small overcoat?
What caused the spot of blood on the stallion's flank?
What obvious clue at the scene of the crime was a red herring?
Joining forces with New York's grumpiest homicide inspector, Oscar Piper, Miss Withers is once again off and running after a killer. Then a day at the races ends with another dead body, and Miss Withers must play a deadly game of sleuth where the stakes are high and odds are growing higher....
Known in the UK as "The Puzzle of the Briar Pope".
Schoolteacher Hildegarde Withers matches wits with the police to solve the murder of a society bride in Central Park.
Release Date: April 17, 1936
Release Time: 66 minutes
James Gleason as Police Inspector Oscar Piper
Helen Broderick as Hildegarde Withers
Louise Latimer as Barbara Foley
Owen Davis Jr. as Edward "Eddie" Fry
John Arledge as Joey Thomas
John Carroll as Latigo Wells
Leslie Fenton as Don Gregg
Christian Rub as Chris Thomas
Willie Best as "High Pockets"
John Miltern as Patrick "Pat" Gregg
Spencer Charters as Warden Sylvester Mahoney
James Donlan as Detective Kane
Gustav von Seyffertitz as Doctor Bloom
Frank Reicher as Dr. Peters
Stuart Palmer (1905–1968) was an American author of mysteries. Born in Baraboo, Wisconsin, Palmer worked a number of odd jobs—including apple picking, journalism, and copywriting—before publishing his first novel, the crime drama Ace of Jades, in 1931. It was with his second novel, however, that he established his writing career: The Penguin Pool Murder introduced Hildegarde Withers, a schoolmarm who, on a field trip to the New York Aquarium, discovers a dead body in the pool. Withers was an immensely popular character, and went on to star in thirteen more novels, including Miss Withers Regrets (1947) and Nipped in the Bud (1951). A master of intricate plotting, Palmer found success writing for Hollywood, where several of his books, including The Penguin Pool Murder, were filmed by RKO Pictures Inc.
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