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Murder at Dawn (1932)

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

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Complete credited cast:
Jack Mulhall ...
Danny
Josephine Dunn ...
Doris Farrington
Eddie Boland ...
Freddie
Marjorie Beebe ...
Gertrude
Martha Mattox ...
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Henry
Phillips Smalley ...
Judge Folger (as Phillip Smalley)
Crauford Kent ...
Arnstein (as Crawford Kent)
Frank Ball ...
Dr. Farrington
Alfred Cross ...
Goddard
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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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Too many characters spread all over an "old dark house" makes for an okay but confused mystery film
23 July 2006 | by (Glen Cove, New York) – See all my reviews

A woman and her fiancé travel to get her father's blessing on their up coming marriage. In tow is another couple. The father, a professor and inventor is working on am invention which will make unlimited power from sunlight. Arriving at the house as a thunderstorm threatens to break the quartet find themselves in the middle of a murder.

This is yet another old dark house movie with secret passages, dark cloaked figures, weird science and lots of mysterious people lurking around. Both better and worse than many similar films from the period this movie is worth a shot for those who like this sort of thing.

Graced with a game cast including Jack Mulhall and Misha Auer this is a good looking film with some nice smart ass dialog. It looks and feels like your typical old dark house movie of the period with very little of the periods creakiness. The film keeps things moving and lively in a way that many films from the period don't (they also use enough sound that you don't notice the lack of music).

The film however is far from perfect. The main problem is really split into two parts. First there are way way too many characters wandering around the grounds. Its simply too many for the story to sustain. I think there are 11 characters at the house, many of which are little more than faces that stand in the shadow or pass by the windows. Until the final denouncement we have no idea who these people are. Related to that this film simply has too much going on. Characters are spread out all over the place and its hard to tell who is doing what or why. And again, until the final denouncement we're never really sure what is going on, its a bunch of people staggering around an old dark house.

Recommended for those who like old dark house films and are a bit forgiving in their tastes. Others may like it but find it too slow and confused for their tastes.

FYI: IMDb lists this as being 62 minutes long however the version from Alpha Video that I saw ran about 10 minutes shorter. I'm not sure if that part of the reason things are confused or not. I somehow think not.


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