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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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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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In the climactic scene where Ginger Rogers' character runs out screaming, "HELP! HELP!" She can be heard to stop and say "ow" before carrying on with the scene. When running out of the door, she ran into the corner of it. This however is unseen as it Is dark and the camera is in the next room when we hear her. See more »

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The position of Pat Morgan's hands on the newspaper vary between shots when she is talking to the Inspector about the second murder. See more »

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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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Decent little murder-mystery
19 October 2005 | by (the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls) – See all my reviews

The film literally starts off with a shriek in the night when a man falls to his death from the penthouse of an apartment building. What appeared to be suicide turns out an act of murder and, much more than the local police force, two competing journalists start looking for the murderer. This is a rather curious film because it's not really the plot which interests you…but only the characters. The actual search for the murderer's identity and his whole motivation is mediocre, but the dialogues between the two journalists are very wit and cleverly written. They constantly try to overtrump each other, which results in scenes that are both funny and emotional. The supportive characters are very enchanting as well, particularly the hysterical housemaid (Lillian Harmer) and the overly shy police-assistant Wilfred. "A Shriek in the Night" might not be the most memorable murder-mystery of the 1930's, but it's definitely worth a look in case you're a fan of classic, primitive cinema.


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