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Murder at Midnight (1931)

Unrated | | Crime, Mystery | 1 September 1931 (USA)
Murder sparks the search for the killer.

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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
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Inspector Taylor
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Aunt Julia Gray Kennedy
Brandon Hurst ...
Lawrence
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Walter Grayson
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Colton
Tyrell Davis ...
The Englishman
Aileen Carlyle ...
Ella (as Aileen Carlisle)
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Jim Kennedy
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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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A shadowy hand through a veiled door--and doom! A parlor game and death a player! A telephone jingle--and eternity! See more »

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Crime | Mystery

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1 September 1931 (USA)  »

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The Monster Kills  »

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

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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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Occasionally clever potboiler
3 April 2005 | by (northern Indiana) – See all my reviews

Occasionally clever little early 30s multiple-murder mystery, with a killer stalking the Kennedy household and knocking off a half dozen victims. The cops don't seem especially perturbed by the continual corpses lying around and aren't very good at getting to the bottom of the mystery. Lots of telephone cord cutting and such; good example of how the telephone became the mystery writer's best friend.

The plot concerns a letter fingering the killer, which comes to light after a game of charades goes bad (after seeing this and The Death Kiss, I have some advice: do not agree to be shot by a gun filled with blanks during the 1930s). The head of the household, maid, the butler, and who-knows-who-else also fall victim to the clever murderer bent on getting his hands on the letter.

The acting is stagy and old-fashioned, but occasionally sharp and witty, and Alice White as the house maid Millie is a doe-eye peach. An absence of music makes this seem rather duller than it should be. It's okay if you like the genre and era, but it's not something to seek out.


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