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Murder at Midnight (1931)

Unrated | | Mystery | 1 September 1931 (USA)
Wealthy Mr. Kennedy shoots his secretary, Channing, during a parlor game, but it turns out the gun was loaded with real bullets. Luckily, criminologist Phillip Montrose is on hand to help ... See full summary »

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(as Frank Strayer)

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(story) (as W. Scott Darling), (story) (as Frank Strayer) | 1 more credit »
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Millie Scripps
Hale Hamilton ...
Phillip Montrose
Robert Elliott ...
Inspector Taylor
Clara Blandick ...
Aunt Julia Gray Kennedy
Brandon Hurst ...
Lawrence
Leslie Fenton ...
Walter Grayson
William Humphrey ...
Colton
Tyrell Davis ...
The Englishman
Aileen Carlyle ...
Ella (as Aileen Carlisle)
Kenneth Thomson ...
Jim Kennedy
Robert Ellis ...
Duncan Channing
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Wealthy Mr. Kennedy shoots his secretary, Channing, during a parlor game, but it turns out the gun was loaded with real bullets. Luckily, criminologist Phillip Montrose is on hand to help the police. When Kennedy quickly ends up dead as well, the police think it's a tidy murder-suicide, but the family lawyer knows of a letter that voiced Kennedy's suspicions about someone who was out to get him. Soon, the cops are on the trail of a ruthless and clever killer who is one step ahead of even Montrose. Written by D Jensen

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Sixteen-cylinder action that will spin you spellbound through avenues of tingling thrills and by-ways of baffling mystery! See more »

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Mystery

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Unrated

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1 September 1931 (USA)  »

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The Monster Kills  »

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| (RCA Photophone Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film received its first telecast Tuesday 21 May 1940 on New York City's pioneer, and still experimental television station W2XBS. See more »

Quotes

Inspector Taylor: [About the killer] The police department could have used a brain like that.
Aunt Julia Gray Kennedy: The police department could use any brain.
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Referenced in Pugwall: Extra-Terrestrials (1991) See more »

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A good little thriller
16 April 2004 | by (Glen Cove, New York) – See all my reviews

This is a good little thriller from the beginnings of sound. The only real problems it has are due to the era it was made, one when music wasn't a standard part of talkies, so the pace can seem a bit slow.

The plot concerns a murder during an elaborate game of charades. The bullets fired aren't blanks and as a result no one is playing dead. Of course since the game was taking place during a very fancy party everyone is a suspect. A neat twist is that any of the stereotypical scenes of the detective bringing everyone together are at the beginning of the movie, well before the denouncement.

The dialog is witty and the mystery keeps your interest, which is a big plus. I'm reasonably certain that the mystery is played pretty fairly which is nice since many times in B- movies the murderer comes out of left field.

Despite this not listing as available on video, Alpha Video does have it as a double feature with the very short Moonstone, and the pair makes a nice evenings viewing.


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