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You'd Be Surprised
Director: Arthur Rosson (Dir)
Release Date:   4 Oct 1926
Premiere Information:   New York opening: 25 Sep 1926
Duration (in feet):   5,994
Duration (in reels):   6
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Cast:   Raymond Griffith (Mr. Green [the coroner])  
    Edward Martindel (Mr. White [District Attorney])  
    Earl Williams (Mr. Black [Deputy District Attorney])  
    Thomas McGuire (Inspector Brown)  
    Dorothy Sebastian (Dorothy)  
    Granville Redmond (Grey--a valet)  
    Roscoe Karns (Party guest)  
    Carl M. LeViness (Party guest)  
    Isabelle Keith (Party guest)  
    Dick LaReno ("Jury" foreman)  
    Richard Arlen (Reporter)  
    Monte Collins, Sr. (Milkman "juror")  
    Jerry Mandy (Hot dog salesman "juror")  

Summary: At a party aboard his houseboat given by Mr. White, the district attorney, the lights are extinguished following the theft of a valuable diamond necklace to allow the guilty party to return it with no questions asked. When the lights are turned on, White is found murdered. Mr. Green, the coroner arrives to pronounce the victim dead, but is pressed into service to investigate the crime, which he is reluctant to do for fear of missing the show for which he has a pair of tickets. Green discovers Dorothy, the district attorney's ward, hidden in a grandfather's clock, clutching the missing necklace. She claims that she was handed the necklace and pushed into the clock while the lights were out. As Green prepares to take everyone's fingerprints, the lights are again turned off. The coroner is attacked by a figure, who is revealed to be the dead man's deaf and dumb valet. Green calls in a "jury" of working people to pass judgment on the evidence. As the valet assists in the recreation of the crime, he himself is murdered when the lights are again turned off. Green continues the effort to recreate the crime, taking the victim's role himself. Yet again, the lights are turned off, and yet again there is a body on the floor--but this time still alive and wrapped in a shawl. The new victim is reveled to be Mr. Black, the Deputy District Attorney. The coroner publicly accuses Dorothy, and asks Black to serve as State's witness against her, but by a ruse manages to obtain his fingerprint, revealing that Black is indeed the murderer. As news photographers come in to take his picture, Green proposes to Dorothy and they rush off to the theater to catch the show. 

Production Company: Famous Players-Lasky Corp.  
Distribution Company: Paramount Pictures Corp.  
Director: Arthur Rosson (Dir)
Producer: Adolph Zukor (Pres)
  Jesse L. Lasky (Pres)
  B. P. Schulberg (Assoc prod, West Coast Studios)
Writer: Jules Furthman (Scr)
  Jules Furthman (Story)
  Robert Benchley (Titles)
  Ralph Spence (Titles)
  E. Lloyd Sheldon (Editor-in-chief)
Photography: William Marshall (Photog)
Country: United States
Language: English

Source Text:

Copyright Claimant Copyright Date Copyright Number Passed By NBR:
Famous Players-Lasky Corp. 1/11/1926 dd/mm/yyyy LP23279 Yes

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Genre: Comedy
Subjects (Major): Coroners
  District attorneys


Bibliographic Sources:   Date   Page
Film Daily   3 Oct 1926.   
New York Times   27 Sep 1926   p. 27.
Variety   29 Sep 1926   p. 14.

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