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The Studio Murder Mystery (1932)

When the leading lady of a motion picture is murdered in the middle of a scene, Inspector Carr and Dr. Crabtree are called in to investigate.

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The temperamental diva starring in a Hollywood period epic is murdered on camera. Because the scene in done on an underlit set, it's difficult for Inspector Carr to identify the killer, but Dr. Crabtree finds other clues that lead him to the killer. Written by duke1029@aol.com

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S.S. Van Dine Mystery Series #5: The Studio Murder Mystery  »

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Vitaphone production reels #1332-1333. See more »

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Insp. Carr: [Last lines] Well, Doc, that's the end of another bad actor.
Royal (director): Yeah, and it's the best performance he ever gave.
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Follows The Wall Street Mystery (1931) See more »

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The Leading Lady Gets Knifed
28 November 2009 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

The Studio Murder Mystery finds that intrepid team of sleuths Donald Meek and John Hamilton trying to solve a mystery committed right on a sound stage. Before a murder scene is done, a real murder of actress Thelma Tipson is committed and with a usual group of closed area suspects, it's a matter of eliminating the right one.

This series was written by S.S. Van Dine the author of the Philo Vance and rather than have the elegant private detective come in and do the police's work for them, Van Dine kind of makes it up to the cops by having slow, but methodical John Hamilton actually solve the crime.

Of course he can't really do it without forensic science and that's where Donald Meek comes in. At this time Philo Vance was normally being played by William Powell over at Paramount and Etienne Girardot was an integral part of that series as the coroner Dr. Doremus. This series at Warner Brothers was like they eliminated Vance and left Girardot and Eugene Palette as Sergeant Heath to their own devices.

Hamilton and Meek seem to get the job done.


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