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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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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
Joseph Crehan ...
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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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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Tight Mystery
4 November 2005 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

A well-directed mystery with more twists than a pretzel, this movie times in at just over an hour, and had to be filled out with a prologue, epilogue and long takes of Ralph Bellamy thinking to bring it up to that. Carefully directed with full Old Dark House look at feel by long-time director Lambert Hillyer -- he had directed William S. Hart to stardom but had retreated, as had so many, to the B list when sound came in -- there's only one flaw in the mystery plot: the detective has the motive before the audience does.

This was one of a short and probably unofficial series of movies starring Ralph Bellamy as Inspector Trent of the New York Detective Bureau. He is rather straightforward in his characterization, which probably explains why in another couple of years he was relegated to the role of Second Man in the movies, even if he could act up a storm when given the opportunity. Still, the story is the thing in this movie, the mystery will probably stump you and it's only an hour.

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