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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 ... See full summary »

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Esme Kennedy
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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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1 September 1931 (USA)  »

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The Monster Kills  »

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Inspector Taylor: [When new evidence comes out] And nobody knew anything about this murder, eh? I wouldn't be surprised to find another body you've all forgotten about.
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Murder at a house party.
1 October 2004 | by (Muskogee OK) – See all my reviews

Frank R. Strayer directs this well acted 1931 who-done-it. What people won't do to have fun at a party. Accidental murder probably is a party pooper every time...but you can't say it isn't interesting. Way back when...a good party starter was a tame little game of charades. One particular night a staged murder in a game of charades turns to the real thing. The bullets weren't blank...leaving a man dead. The mood of the party guests takes on disbelief and a little paranoia. Inspector Taylor(Robert Elliott)puts the gathering of friends and lovers through their paces in search of the murderer's identity. Is it Lawrence, the butler(Brandon Hurst); Colton, the lawyer(William Humphrey); the maid(Alice White)or Aunt Julia(Clara Blandick)? Put disputed inheritance and infidelity in the mix...why wouldn't murder be the result? A long, heavy rainstorm could have made for better atmosphere; but all- in-all the 67 minutes running time is not wasted.


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