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 »
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
Does anyone remember Abbott&Costello's film Who Done It where the boys play soda jerks who are trying to get a script played on a radio mystery broadcast show? The show was also entitled Murder At Midnight and watching I got the feeling we saw the complete show which was so rudely interrupted by a murder or three in the A&C feature.
This Murder At Midnight has a party going and at the midnight hour a parlor game of charades is interrupted when the wealthy fires a gun that unbeknownst to him contains live rounds and kills his secretary. That brings in the cops, but it doesn't stop the murders as a few more bodies pile up in this film as well.
Robert Elliott plays the long arm of the law and he also has noted criminologist Hale Hamilton along for any aid and assistance. Most of the aid and assistance is supplied by Clara Blandick the dowager aunt of the rich man who keeps pointing out all the shortcomings of law enforcement. It all has to do with a change in a will and some hanky panky going on.
Murder At Midnight moves kind of slow though. Maybe the uninterrupted broadcast would have been better in Bud and Lou's film.
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