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Before Midnight (1933)

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



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An actress is murdered in the midst of shooting a dance sequence for her latest picture, with Inspector Steve Trent on the case.

Director: D. Ross Lederman
Stars: Ralph Bellamy, Shirley Grey, Gail Patrick


Cast overview:
Inspector Steve Trent
Janet Holt
Claude Gillingwater ...
John Fry
Bradley Page ...
Howard B. Smith
Mavis Fry
Arthur Pierson ...
Dr. David R. Marsh
George Cooper ...
William Jeffrey ...
Edward Arnold
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Detective tries to figure out who killed a man who predicted his own death.

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18 November 1933 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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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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Good Early Whodunnit
24 February 2010 | by (Ramsey, NJ) – See all my reviews

Good, tight murder mystery that is brief and no-nonsense in its approach. It is a pre-code film but there's nothing here that might have been objectionable at the time. Also missing is the 30's habit of inserting comic relief into a story that doesn't need any, and this one doesn't need it. George Cooper plays Stubby, a dim-witted assistant detective who comes off as dim-witted but not as comic relief.

Ralph Bellamy is Detective Trent, trying to solve a murder that takes place on a dark and stormy (and very noisy) night in a mansion with the usual suspects roaming around. What strikes you is the tone of all players, and especially Bellamy, as there is not a hint of the good-natured warmth or friendliness normally found in most pictures of this or any other kind - just a group grimly determined to get to the bottom of the proceedings. No jokes, no romance, just the facts.

Nevertheless, it is well worth your time. It is an old-fashioned whodunnit that will challenge your own powers of deduction - and no laughing, please.

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