Philandering actor Richard Hardell is murdered at a movie studio. His jealous wife Blanche, his director Rupert Borka, and a girl he mistreated, Helen MacDonald, all have substantial ... See full summary »
The 4th film of the Columbia series based on the CBS radio program, "The Whistler", finds wealthy John Sinclair, with no health or friends, being advised by his doctor to take a long ... See full summary »
The fifth entry in the Columbia series based on the CBS radio program, "The Whistler", opens with kindly old music store owner Edward Stillwell (Paul E. Burns) hiring private detective Don ... See full summary »
An artist married to a wealthy but ill woman begins an affair with one of his models, who is after him solely for his money. His wife discovers the affair and threatens to cut him out of ... See full summary »
On the eve of his marriage, a young man's fiance disappears. He hires a private detective to help him track her down, but soon finds himself entangled in a web of lies, intrigue and murder ... See full summary »
When the skeleton of a young man is dug up in an alley, a mysterious Chinese merchant and his eccentric upstairs tenants come under suspicion. The team of Inspector Carr and Dr. Crabtree use the skull of the victim to solve the murder.
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
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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