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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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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 »

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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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Entertaining Cast and Mystery
27 October 2015 | by See all my reviews

A Shriek in the Night (1933)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Reporter Pat Morgan (Ginger Rogers) is fired from her job after scoring a big scoop but accidentally giving it to the rival newspaper. That rival newspaper's reporter Ted Kord (Lyle Talbot) agrees to work with Pat as they investigate some bizarre murders taking place at an apartment complex.

A SHRIEK IN THE NIGHT will never be mistaken for the work of Alfred Hitchcock or Roman Polanski but considering it's small budget the film manages to be entertaining from the opening scene to the closing credits. A lot of the credit needs to go to a rather good screenplay but also the two leads who certainly help keep the film moving with their comic banter.

I say comic banter but perhaps the better word would be the back- and-forth flirting. If you're familiar with the early part of 30s cinema then you already know that there were countless mystery or detective films. This one here sets itself apart because it has Rogers right before she became a huge Hollywood star and Talbot as well, years before his decline into films like PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE (which I love).

Rogers and Talbot are certainly the main reasons to watch this film as they work well with one another but they are given a screenplay that offers up some smart dialogue and funny situations. The comedy aspect is kept on the low but the mystery itself is quite good and holds your attention as well.

A SHRIEK IN THE NIGHT isn't a classic but it's certainly worth watching.


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