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The King Murder (1932)

A beautiful blonde makes a career out of seducing and then blackmailing wealthy married men. She is found murdered after demanding a $5000 payoff from her latest victim, and the detective ... See full summary »

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Detective Chief Henry Barton
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Elizabeth Hawthorn
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Pearl Hope
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Miriam King
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Jose Moreno
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Arthur B. Bronnell
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Philip Scott
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Van Kempen
Rose Dione ...
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A beautiful blonde makes a career out of seducing and then blackmailing wealthy married men. She is found murdered after demanding a $5000 payoff from her latest victim, and the detective investigating the case finds out that she was involved in a lot more than just blackmail. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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10 October 1932 (USA)  »

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The film was fairly closely based on the real-life murder of New York showgirl Dorothy "Dot" King in March 1923. Like the character of Miriam King in the movie, the real Dot King was both a perpetrator and a victim of blackmail, and was having simultaneous affairs with at least two rich married men. Other films inspired by the Dot King murder include The Canary Murder Case (1929) and The Naked City (1948). See more »

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Mama Don't 'Low
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Overture to "The Flying Dutchman" (uncredited)
Music by Richard Wagner
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Mildly interesting early 30s murder mystery
28 July 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Evidently, this movie was based on the unsolved 1923 murder of showgirls Dorothy King. King needs $5,000 to pay off her ex- boyfriend and tries to blackmail one of her current wealthy customers into giving her the money. Conway Tearle plays the detective in charge of the investigation who just happens to be in love with the wife of one of his friends; a friend who later becomes a suspect. Tearle is unbelievably wooden in his performance as is Natalie Moorehead in her role of the wife. The best part of the movie is the interesting way a young couple establishes an alibi for the time of the murder - that was clever. And the murder method was kind of interesting. But other than that it's a bit of a slog to watch all the way through. A mildly interesting period mystery but not memorable.


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