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A Shriek in the Night (1933)

Unrated | | Crime, Mystery, Romance | 22 July 1933 (USA)
Pat Morgan and Ted Kord are rival newspaper reporters always trying to outscoop each other. They join together to solve a series of murders being committed in an apartment building.



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Complete credited cast:
Pat Morgan
Harvey Clark ...
Peterson, the Janitor
Police Insp. Russell
Augusta, the Housekeeper
Maid (as Louise Beaver)
Editor Perkins


Pat Morgan and Ted Kord are rival newspaper reporters always trying to outscoop each other. They join together to solve a series of murders being committed in an apartment building.

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22 July 1933 (USA)  »

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Hurlement dans la nuit  »

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Did You Know?


The earliest documented telecasts of this film took place in New York City Sunday 17 July 1949 on WPIX (Channel 11) and in Los Angeles Sunday 3 September 1950 on KFI (Channel 9). See more »


The position of the Maid's (Louise Beavers) hands changes between shots when she is in the car outside the morgue. See more »


Wilfred: Why do you say jumped?
Police Insp. Russell: Because I'm an inspector and I can say anything I want to.
Wilfred: I've always thought...
Police Insp. Russell: I've warned you against thinking. You think I'm so dumb I haven't considered the possiblity of a murder, but I have Wilfred, that's why I'm having so much fun.
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Black actress Louise Beavers, who plays the maid, is listed in the opening credits as "Louise Beaver." See more »


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Murder Most Foul
14 September 2004 | by (brooklyn NY) – See all my reviews

+Mild Spoilers+ Crime mystery with a very young Ginger Rogers, playing a reporter, Pat Morgan, going after the big story by going undercover as a live-in maid at the penthouse of big time city philanthropist Adam Harker.

Pat's on a story to connect Harker to racketeer Joe Martini, Maurice Black,who happens to live in the same building gets more then she bargained for with Harker flying out of his apartment window to his death. Later on the floor under him a Mrs.Coby is found murdered and her husband is later found floating in the river an apparent suicide.

Police inspector Russell,Purnell Pratt, finds evidence that Harker was actually in the Coby's apartment when he fell or jumped to his death and deduces that it was Mr. Coby who found Harker and Mrs. Coby together, and in a jealous rage, killed both of them then and later committed suicide. Of course as we know from seeing the obvious in movies like this the truth about Harker and the Coby's death is far more stranger then at first thought.

Pretty good movie that has it share of comedy in it to get the audience a bit relaxed until the final few minutes. When it's found out who really is responsible for the murders with Pat almost burned to a cinder by the killer in the buildings basement incinerator.

What's a bit odd about the movie is that the killer was really trying to avenge his innocent brothers execution as both Harker and Martini had him set up and railroaded to take the rap for a murder, that they committed a number of years ago. The killer got a little too carried away by killing the Coby's, who had nothing to do with his brothers death, by trying to throw off the police from suspecting him.

Worth watching because unlike many movies made back then in the early 1930's it has the feel of a film made much later with the sound and photography and most of all the actors acting more natural. Not acting like their on the stage and having to throw their voices and enunciate every word to make sure that everyone in the theater hears exactly what their saying. Like in most films made in the early years of talkies.

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