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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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Inspector Steve Trent
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Janet Holt
Claude Gillingwater ...
John Fry
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Mavis Fry
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Dr. David R. Marsh
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William Jeffrey ...
Edward Arnold
Joseph Crehan ...
Capt. Frank Flynn
Otto Yamaoka ...
Kono (as Otto Yanaoka)
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Detective tries to figure out who killed a man who predicted his own death.

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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 »

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neat mystery
22 June 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Before Midnight" was done in 1933, before "The Thin Man," when the style of mysteries would become a little breezier, more stylish, and employ more humor. Ralph Bellamy stars here as Inspector Trent, out to solve a very complicated murder. It has that "dark and stormy night" feel to it, but it's done with a straightforward seriousness, without the good-natured laughter of someone like Warren William or the tipsiness of a William Powell. As Trent, Bellamy interrogates like a real cop: "You did it, didn't you!" The story, however, is very good.

I'm always amazed to see Ralph Bellamy as a young man and realize what a long, huge career he had. His first film was in 1931 (stage from 1929), at the age of 27, and his last was "Pretty Woman" in 1990, one year before he died. Here he's a lead, but as someone else pointed out, he probably lacked the excitement of a true leading man and was soon relegated to supporting roles. As a stage actor and as an older man, he really thrived on stage, in film, and on television; besides doing "Tomorrow the World" and "State of the Union" on Broadway, he enjoyed a tremendous success as FDR in "Sunrise at Campobello" in 1959.

"Before Midnight" will keep you interested. What it lacks in pace and style, it makes up for in story.


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