18 user 4 critic

Tomorrow at Seven (1933)

Passed | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | 2 June 1933 (USA)
People in an old, dark mansion are menaced by a maniac called "The Black Ace."



(original screenplay and dialogue)

On Disc

at Amazon

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

During a stormy night at an old dark mansion, people who claim to see ghosts roaming the halls are later found murdered.

Director: Frank R. Strayer
Stars: John Miljan, June Collyer, Richard Carle
Certificate: Passed Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Eight strangers are invited by a mysterious unknown host to spend the night in a penthouse apartment. The eight (5 men, 3 women) are wined, dined, then greeted by their host's voice via a ... See full summary »

Director: Roy William Neill
Stars: Donald Cook, Genevieve Tobin, Hardie Albright
Comedy | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

An eccentric millionaire, unable to locate his only granddaughter, decides to divide his estate among a group of people less close to him: his niece and nephew, his attorney, his doctor, ... See full summary »

Director: Christy Cabanne
Stars: Charley Grapewin, Mary Carlisle, Arthur Hohl
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

When a murder occurs on an ocean liner docked in New York, the trail leads to Coney Island and a spy ring.

Director: Robert Florey
Stars: Chester Morris, Rochelle Hudson, Richard Lane
Certificate: Passed Adventure | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

An airliner makes a forced landing at night in the desert. The passengers and crew take refuge in a nearby deserted house. Soon some of the passengers are found murdered, and one of the ... See full summary »

Director: Frank R. Strayer
Stars: Gene Morgan, Doris Hill, Glenn Tryon
Certificate: Passed Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Detective Michael Shayne boards a Hawaii-bound ocean liner on the trail of stolen industrial diamonds and a Nazi smuggling ring.

Director: Herbert I. Leeds
Stars: Lloyd Nolan, Mary Beth Hughes, Helene Reynolds
Certificate: Passed Crime | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A blind detective and his seeing-eye dog investigate a murder and discover a Nazi plot.

Director: Fred Zinnemann
Stars: Edward Arnold, Ann Harding, Donna Reed
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A pretty Chinese woman, seeking help from San Francisco detective James Lee Wong, is killed by a poisoned dart in his front hall, having time only to scrawl "Captain J" on a sheet of paper.... See full summary »

Director: William Nigh
Stars: Boris Karloff, Marjorie Reynolds, Grant Withers
Comedy | Crime | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

The relatives of a rich old woman unsuccessfully try to have her declared insane, so they can divide up her money. To show them that there are no hard feelings, she invites them to her ... See full summary »

Director: Phil Rosen
Stars: Wallace Ford, Marian Marsh, Sarah Padden
Certificate: Passed Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

Two men stumble into an old mansion, and get involved with a crazed scientist, torture chambers and sinister medical experiments.

Director: Roland D. Reed
Stars: Leslie Fenton, Muriel Evans, Noel Madison
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A (rather shady?) private detective specializing in recovering highly insured items gets involved in recovering a stolen necklace. In the process also gets involved with a secretary at the ...

Director: Gus Meins
Stars: Donald Woods, Patricia Ellis, Grace Bradley
Certificate: Passed Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

To save the reputation of the hotel where they are employed, sisters try to cover up a murder.

Director: Leigh Jason
Stars: Joan Blondell, John Howard, Binnie Barnes


Complete credited cast:
Vivienne Osborne ...
Henry Stephenson ...
Austin Winters
Jerry Simons
Oscar Apfel ...
Asa Marsden
Virginia Howell ...
Mrs. Quincy
Cornelius Keefe ...
Edward LeSaint ...
Gus Robinson ...


People in an old, dark mansion are menaced by a maniac called "The Black Ace."

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


The ace of spades reveals your death!






Release Date:

2 June 1933 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A las siete en punto  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(RCA Photophone System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


The earliest documented telecast of this film in New York City occurred Wednesday 4 February 1948 on WCBS (Channel 2). See more »


Clancy: What's up, Mr. Drake?
Thornton Drake: You of course know this 'Black Ace.'
Clancy: Oh, sure. We *just* missed catching him about 6 months ago.
Dugan: Sure, we trapped one of his earwiggers. It was like this: I'm wise this guy blatts out for stoolin'. So I'm crowdin' him wit' the heater but he don't belch. I know he's an alky stiff so I start feedin' him the dynamite when Clancy walks in wit' this guy's twist. She's all full o' happy dust and leapin'. He calls for a blizzard so we let 'er have it, figgerin' on the beef, see? ...
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Did the Joker follow the Ace of Spades?
15 March 2005 | by (Minffordd, North Wales) – See all my reviews

SLIGHT SPOILERS AHEAD. 'Tomorrow at Seven' is one of those wildly implausible movies from Hollywood's studio era which still manage to be hugely enjoyable on the strength of sheer audacity and some colourful performances. Here we have that old chestnut: the serial murderer who announces his crimes in advance, in a highly theatrical manner, yet repeatedly kills his victims without getting caught. We also have that even mouldier chestnut: the amateur sleuth who is able to outwit the cops and nab the baddie.

In this case, the murderer proclaims his intentions in advance by delivering to each victim an ace of spades (the death card), with a neatly-written message announcing the hour at which he intends to do the deed. Naturally, he consistently manages to kill his victims (and get away clean, his identity a secret) even though they've been well and fairly warned. As the killer neglects to leave his name in the guest-book, he is cried the Ace of Spades.

He murders wealthy art dealer Asa Marsden, and here we get another old-movie cliché: the murder shown from the killer's viewpoint. We see the victim goggling into the camera as the killer carks him, but the murderer is unseen.

Next, the Ace of Spades announces his intention to murder wealthy Thornton Drake 'tomorrow at seven'. (Presumably this is P.M., not A.M. ... surely even serial murderers shouldn't have to get up early.) At the fatal hour, the deed is done aboard an aeroplane in flight. At the stroke of seven, the lights go out in the passenger cabin ... then they switch on again, and there's a corpse on the deckplates, stabbed through the heart. But the dead man isn't Drake: it's his secretary Austin Winters. Afterwards, the pilot claims to know nothing.

The official detectives in this movie are played by two of my favourite character actors: Frank McHugh and the superb Allen Jenkins. Here they play characters named Clancy and Dugan, which gives you some idea of what to expect. Unfortunately, both actors perform their sleuth roles as comedy relief, which I found regrettable: the murders in this movie are played straight, so the seriousness of the homicides is undercut by the intentional comedy of the detectives trying to catch the killer. Screenwriter Ralph Spence often combined straightforward chills and broad comedy in his scripts -- notably in his play 'The Gorilla' -- but here the mixture isn't as smooth as usual.

The hero of this film is played by Chester Morris, so it's obvious who will solve the crime. For some reason, a lot of Hollywood whodunnits of the 1930s and '40s featured *amateur* detectives. Here, Morris plays a mystery novelist (oh, boy) who is researching the criminal career of the Ace of Spades as material for his next book. Morris decides that it might make a nice finish for his book if he actually catches the murderer.

Along with this film's other merits, there's the Batman factor. It's well known that Batman's greatest villain the Joker (created in 1939) was inspired by the character played by Conrad Veidt in 'The Man Who Laughs'. But the premise of 'Tomorrow at Seven' strongly resembles the premise of the Joker's debut story, and this 1933 movie may have supplied some inspiration to Batman's scriptwriter Bill Finger.

'Tomorrow at Seven' has a lot of the little touches that make 1930s B-movies so enjoyable. Unfortunately, this movie also has a couple of the little touches so typical of that time which are very much *less* enjoyable. Here, we get a mercifully brief turn by African-American actor Gus Robinson in a 'yassuh!' role. I don't blame Robinson, whose options as a black actor in 1930s Hollywood must have been limited. I'll rate this otherwise enjoyable movie 7 out of 10.

11 of 18 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss Tomorrow at Seven (1933) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: