MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 24,648 this week

Murder by the Clock (1931)

 |  Horror, Mystery  |  21 July 1931 (USA)
6.7
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.7/10 from 116 users  
Reviews: 10 user | 7 critic

An elderly woman installs a horn in her crypt in case she's buried alive.

Director:

Writers:

(play), (story), 2 more credits »
0Check in
0Share...

IMDb Picks: May

Visit our IMDb Picks section to see our recommendations of movies and TV shows coming out in May, sponsored by COVERGIRL.

Visit the IMDb Picks section

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

list image
a list of 824 titles
created 13 Nov 2011
 
a list of 94 titles
created 19 Jul 2012
 
a list of 139 titles
created 13 Sep 2012
 
a list of 682 titles
created 02 Jan 2013
 
a list of 45 titles
created 08 Oct 2013
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Murder by the Clock (1931)

Murder by the Clock (1931) on IMDb 6.7/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Murder by the Clock.
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Seeking shelter from a storm, five travelers are in for a bizarre and terrifying night when the stumble upon the Femm family estate.

Director: James Whale
Stars: Boris Karloff, Melvyn Douglas, Charles Laughton
Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A mad doctor is determined to take revenge on the family he believes is responsible for his daughter's death.

Director: George B. Seitz
Stars: Warner Oland, June Collyer, Lloyd Hughes
Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A federal agent goes undercover to infiltrate a drug smuggling operation headed by a mysterious Mr. X, a criminal mastermind whose identity is unknown even to his henchmen. Mr. X is also ... See full summary »

Director: John Francis Dillon
Stars: Jack Holt, Constance Cummings, Boris Karloff
The Phantom (1931)
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.3/10 X  

A group of people are stalked by a masked killer in an old mansion.

Director: Alan James
Stars: Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams, Allene Ray, Niles Welch
Certificate: Passed Crime | Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

Mad scientist works on a death ray in his mountain hideaway.

Director: Richard Thorpe
Stars: Josephine Dunn, Jack Mulhall, Eddie Boland
Comedy | Crime | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

The relatives of a rich old woman unsuccessfully try to have her declared insane, so they can divide up her money. To show them that there are no hard feelings, she invites them to her ... See full summary »

Director: Phil Rosen
Stars: Wallace Ford, Marian Marsh, Sarah Padden
Crime | Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

When Dr. Savaard's experiment in cryonics is interrupted by the short-sighted authorities, his volunteer dies, and he is condemned to death. He vows vengeance if he can survive his own hanging.

Director: Nick Grinde
Stars: Boris Karloff, Lorna Gray, Robert Wilcox
Certificate: Passed Adventure | Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Englishmen race to find the tomb of Genghis Khan. They have to get there fast, as the evil genius Dr. Fu Manchu is also searching, and if he gets the mysteriously powerful relics, he and ... See full summary »

Directors: Charles Brabin, Charles Vidor
Stars: Boris Karloff, Lewis Stone, Karen Morley
A Free Soul (1931)
Certificate: Passed Crime | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

An alcoholic lawyer who successfully defended a notorious gambler on a murder charge objects when his free-spirited daughter becomes romantically involved with him.

Director: Clarence Brown
Stars: Norma Shearer, Leslie Howard, Lionel Barrymore
Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A Fleet Street barber recounts the story of Sweeney Todd, a notorious barber who in the last century murdered many customers for their money.

Director: George King
Stars: Tod Slaughter, Stella Rho, John Singer
Certificate: Passed Crime | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

The unsolved murder of a Hollywood actor several years earlier and an enigmatic psychic are the keys to help Charlie solve the Honolulu stabbing death of a beautiful actress.

Director: Hamilton MacFadden
Stars: Warner Oland, Sally Eilers, Bela Lugosi
Kongo (1932)
Certificate: Passed Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

This remake of West of Zanzibar (1928) made four years later tries to outdo the Lon Chaney original in morbidity. From a wheelchair a handicapped white man rules an area of Africa as a ... See full summary »

Director: William J. Cowen
Stars: Walter Huston, Lupe Velez, Conrad Nagel
Edit

Cast

Cast overview:
William 'Stage' Boyd ...
Lt. Valcour
...
Laura Endicott
...
Philip Endicott
...
Officer Cassidy
Sally O'Neil ...
Jane, a Maid
Blanche Friderici ...
Julia Endicott
...
Herbert Endicott
Lester Vail ...
Thomas Hollander
Martha Mattox ...
Miss Roberts
Frank Sheridan ...
Chief of Police
Guy Oliver ...
Watchman
Frederick Sullivan ...
Medical Examiner
Charles D. Brown ...
Officer O'Brien
Lenita Lane ...
Nurse
Edit

Storyline

An elderly woman installs a horn in her crypt in case she's buried alive.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

will | vamp | mask | maid | fingerprints | See All (13) »

Genres:

Horror | Mystery

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

21 July 1931 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Crime à Hora Certa  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
The unforgettable Lilyan Tashman
24 December 2013 | by (Youngstown,Ohio) – See all my reviews

1931's "Murder by the Clock" has remained a forgotten horror from the early 30s, but not by such eminent film historians like William K. Everson, who dutifully included it in his 1974 book CLASSICS OF THE HORROR FILM. Had it been made at Universal, no doubt it would be as well remembered as "Dracula" (which preceded it) or "Frankenstein" (which followed it), but Paramount did their share of terror classics too ("Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde," "Island of Lost Souls," "Murders in the Zoo"). The sultry and seductive Lilyan Tashman (Mrs. Edmund Lowe) epitomizes what the word 'vampire' meant to audiences prior to Lugosi, a huge star going back nearly ten years, whose life would sadly end from cancer just three years after she made this. Irving Pichel, as the halfwit son with the strength of a bull, preferred working behind the camera rather than in front of it; nevertheless, as an actor, only his memorable work opposite Gloria Holden in "Dracula's Daughter" can compare with his macabre characterization here. Comic relief is supplied by Sally O'Neil's maid and Regis Toomey's Oirish cop (she co-starred with young Lon Chaney in 1933's "Sixteen Fathoms Deep," while Toomey's next film would see him co-starring with Boris Karloff in Universal's "Graft"). No, Paramount rarely dabbled in horror during the 30s, yet there wasn't a single dud among them.


1 of 1 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss Murder by the Clock (1931) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?