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Before Midnight (1933)

Detective tries to figure out who killed a man who predicted his own death.



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Cast overview:
Inspector Steve Trent
Janet Holt
John Fry
Howard B. Smith
Mavis Fry
Dr. David R. Marsh
William Jeffrey ...
Edward Arnold
Capt. Frank Flynn
Otto Yamaoka ...
Kono (as Otto Yanaoka)


Detective tries to figure out who killed a man who predicted his own death.

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Lurking FINGERS of DEATH reached out of the dim and ghostly past!







Release Date:

18 November 1933 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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First of a four-picture Columbia series starring Ralph Bellamy as Inspector Steve Trent, filmed October 5-17, 1933. See more »


Followed by Girl in Danger (1934) See more »

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Decent Mystery with a Nice Twist
24 June 2010 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Before Midnight (1933)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

A man invited Detective Trent (Ralph Bellamy) over to share his fears that he's about to be murdered. A few minutes later the man is dead and it's up to the detective to try and figure out how he was murder and who did it. This is yet another entry in the seemingly never-ending "old dark house" genre. As usual, we're given a murder, a hero and countless suspects. We also get the usual clichés that you find in a film like this. I've seen dozens, if not hundreds of these films and it's hard to find one that offers up anything new original and this one here is no different. Even though the film doesn't offer anything too new, it does feature a couple very good twists that I didn't see coming and Bellamy is as entertaining as always. I think what really makes the film work is the performance by Bellamy who really knows how to mix up the charm, comedy and seriousness. He does very good with the role and manages to work well with all the other actors and can deliver whatever the film is needing in any scene. June Collyer is pretty good as the woman various men want and Claude Gillingwater is good in his role as well. Fred "Snowflake" Toones plays the black taxi driver and delivers most of the "comedy" in the film. The screenplay pretty much follows every "old dark house" film that preceded it as we get a complicated murder, the investigation and countless people lying to try and cover up their involvement. What was so funny here is that the screenplay was quite lazy in terms of the characters and their lies. A character would start lying to cover up what he did, Bellamy would ask a single question and then the character would break down and admit what they did. This happens at least five times in the film and one begins to wonder why at least one of them wouldn't try to get away with the lie at least a second time before admitting what they had done. This Columbia film runs a brief 63-minutes and should keep fans of the genre entertained. Others should probably seek out one of the better entries.

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