The Studio Murder Mystery (1932)

 |  Mystery, Short  |  February 1932 (USA)
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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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Cast overview:
Robert Middlemass ...
Boris Seminoff
Thelma Tipson ...
Dolly Demarest
Walter Fenner ...
Ian Stevens
Jane Bramley ...
Mae Norton


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

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February 1932 (USA)  »

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

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1.37 : 1
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Vitaphone production reels #1332-1333. See more »


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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29 May 2009 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Studio Murder Mystery, The (1932)

*** (out of 4)

Fifth film in the S.S. Van Dine series has an actress filming a murder scene when someone shows up with a real knife killing her. Dr. Crabtree (Donald Meek) and Inspector Carr (John Hamilton) arrive on the scene where the suspects appear to be the woman's rival or perhaps her boyfriend (Robert Middlemass). This is a pretty good entry in the series that manages to have some charming moments, some funny one and these save the movie because the actual mystery isn't the greatest. The best scene in the movie happens right after the murder when the director is unhappy saying the scene wasn't realistic enough and then he finds out that the actress really is dead. The actual mystery of the film is fairly simple to solve but it's rather interesting that two key points in the film are now real life issues with certain cases. The "gloves must fit the killer" is of course from O.J. and we also got chloroform playing a part in the film, which is from the more recent Casey Anthony case. With that said, this short has enough going for it to make it worth checking out especially if you're a fan of these early mysteries. Both Meek and Hamilton are fun this time out and the supporting players aren't so bad either.

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