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Up for Murder (1931)

 |  Drama  |  27 May 1931 (USA)
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Young reporter accidentially kills his newspaper's editor in a fight over the publisher's mistress, who is also the paper's society editor.



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Complete credited cast:
Robert Marshall
Myra Deane
Purnell Pratt ...
William Winter
Richard Tucker ...
Cyril Herk
Frederick Burt ...
City Editor
Dorothy Peterson ...
Mrs. Marshall


Young reporter accidentially kills his newspaper's editor in a fight over the publisher's mistress, who is also the paper's society editor.

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Really fine little pre-code from Universal
31 December 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Last night I watched a pretty good little pre-coder, although, thinking about it in retrospect this morning, it's theme wouldn't fly very well today for a couple of reasons. The film was "Up for Murder" (1931) with Lew Ayres and Genevieve Tobin. Purnell Pratt, Richard Tucker, Dorothy Peterson, Frederick Burt, and Frank McHugh round out the others in the cast of any importance. It begins as a newspaper story, with young copy boy Ayres (less than 21 years of age in the movie) getting the opportunity to be a reporter. He is told to take one of the editors to a grand ball function. She is Genevieve Tobin, and she's obviously a little older than Ayres. She's also the kept woman of the editor of the paper who, yes, is married and has children. Well, Ayres falls for Tobin, and though she somewhat falls for Ayres, she's still a kept woman and she knows it. But guess who gets murdered? Guess who gets accused? Guess who gets convicted - but eventually let go? You're right on all three counts - if you guessed right, and I won't give spoilers here.

When Ayres goes home to his mother in the final scene, she gives him a birthday cake with twenty-one candles. The older kept woman and the young boy isn't new, but with the teacher-student problems going on today and making splashing news, this film might cause a major stink were it made today. Definitely pre-code and part of the cause of the Breen code.

Still, a really good film, and, I must admit, a Lew Ayres film from the early days I really like. I'm not much a fan of early Ayres, and not until he gets into the Dr. Kildare series some eight to ten years later do I really appreciate him. Some of his early films are actually boring to me. "Doorway to Hell" had Cagney run all over Ayres for the acting laurels. But in this film Ayres is really good. He broods, and his brooding is caused by a shyness, which is part of the character. It's very fitting for Ayres. He should have done more characters like this one. Maybe he was a Brando and nobody knew it - not even Ayres! Yeah, uh-huh...

One final comment. Every time I see Genevieve Tobin I think what a marvelous actress she is! I recently watched "Pleasure Cruise" and was bowled over by her great pre-code style. This, opposite that great scene stealer Roland Young! And I also recently saw her for the umpteenth time in "Petrified Forest" with Bogart, Davis, and Howard. She plays the half-way matronly Mrs. Chisholm. And I've seen her as one of the Della Streets in one of the 30's Perry Mason films. She's very good and underexploited in all she does. Somebody who should be better known. She had talent, and it always shows, as it did in this film with Ayres.

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