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The Peacock Fan
(1929)

 

This murder mystery from B-studio Chesterfield Motion Pictures Corporation is a fairly good film that treads familiar ground. When a rich man is found dead, nearly everyone who has been in the house in the last 12 hours is a suspect. Is it murder or suicide?

Lucien Prival stars as Dr. Chang Dorfman (we’re not kidding here), an unofficial detective who is something of a prototypical Charlie Chan.

Prival gets support from Dorothy Dwan, Tom O’Brien, Rosemary Theby, Carlton King (as the victim), Gladden James, David Findlay, James Wilcox and Spencer Bell.

Alpha Video
2014 DVD edition

The Peacock Fan (1929), black & white, 85 minutes, not rated.

Alpha Home Entertainment, ALP 7398D, UPC 0-89218-73989-6.
One single-sided, single-layered, Region 0 NTSC DVD-R disc, 1.33:1 aspect ratio image in full-frame 4:3 (720 x 480 pixels) interlaced scan MPEG-2 format, ? Mbps average video bit rate, ? kbps audio bit rate, Dolby Digital 2.0 mono sound, English language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, 6 chapter stops; standard DVD keepcase, $7.98.
Release date: 24 June 2014.
Country of origin: USA

This DVD-R edition has been mastered from a very-good 16mm reduction print of, what may be, the British distribution version of the film.

The film is accompanied by a soundtrack compiled from preexisting recordings.

To our knowledge, this is the only available edition of the film on DVD home video.

 
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