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The Perfect Crime (1928 film)

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The Perfect Crime
Directed byBert Glennon
Written by
Based onThe Big Bow Mystery
by Israel Zangwill
Produced byWilliam LeBaron
CinematographyJames Wong Howe
Edited byArchie Marshek
Distributed by
Release date
August 4, 1928
Running time
83 minutes
CountryUnited States

The Perfect Crime is a 1928 American part-talkie crime drama film directed by Bert Glennon and starring Clive Brook, Irene Rich and Ethel Wales.[1] It is loosely based on the 1892 novel The Big Bow Mystery by Israel Zangwill.

A criminologist sets out to prove there is such a thing as a perfect crime, and commits a murder without leaving any clues. However, when an innocent man is arrested for the crime he is presented with a moral dilemma.

This was the first feature film not produced by either Warner Bros. or Fox Film to contain synchronized sound, also being the first non-Warner feature to contain any talking sequences.



  1. ^ Wlaschin p.176


  • Ken Wlaschin. Silent Mystery and Detective Movies: A Comprehensive Filmography. McFarland, 2009.
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