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Murder at Dawn (1932)

Passed | | Crime, Drama, Horror | 15 February 1932 (USA)
Mad scientist works on a death ray in his mountain hideaway.



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Complete credited cast:
Eddie Boland ...
Marjorie Beebe ...
Martha Mattox ...
The Housekeeper
Phillips Smalley ...
Judge Folger (as Phillip Smalley)
Crauford Kent ...
Arnstein (as Crawford Kent)
Frank Ball ...
Dr. Farrington
Alfred Cross ...


Federal Judge Folger accuses two Wall St. speculators of manipulating the stock market because of their knowledge of a solar-power machine being perfected by Professor Farrington. He goes the Farrington's mountain lodge, The Crag, to investigate. Danny and Farrington's daughter, Doris, are also heading there to get Farrington's consent to get married. They take along a married couple, Gertrude and Freddie, as chaperone's. Farrington's servants include a spooky housekeep and her even-spookier son, Henry. Doris and her companions arrive to find that Folger has been murdered and her father is missing. Freddie partakes of some bootleg whiskey his finds and goes on a search; he finds the professor's body in another room and that of Henry in a closet. He informs Danny but when they return both corpses have vanished. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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15 February 1932 (USA)  »

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The Death Ray  »

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Unbelievably bad
30 October 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

My idea of torture, which might perhaps be inflicted upon terrorist suspects in order to make them scream and divulge their confederates, would be to tie them down, prop open their eyelids with those tools used by optic surgeons, and force them to watch this film. Richard Thorpe directed it, and later he learned how to direct, as proved by 'A Toy Wife' six years later, but at this early stage in what was to be a long career (offering him plenty of time to go to confession and tell some holy father that he had committed the sin of directing 'Murder at Dawn' abominably), he seemed to imagine that film direction was something one does with a knife in a butcher shop, serving up the offal to the masses, of which this is a misshapen specimen. To pretend that this is a film is like pretending that an ant is an elephant. Of course, everything is relative. After all, to a flea, an ant is an elephant. And similarly, to Richard Thorpe in 1932, this presumably did appear to be a film. But we who live in later times are not fooled: this is unmistakably a piece of rubbish.

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