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Death at a Broadcast (1934)

Death at Broadcasting House (original title)
When an actor is murdered at the BBC Inspector Gregory finds he has many suspects to choose from.

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Detective Inspector Gregory
Austin Trevor ...
Leopold Dryden
Lilian Oldland ...
Joan Dryden (as Mary Newland)
Henry Kendall ...
Rodney Fleming
Val Gielgud ...
Julian Caird
Peter Haddon ...
Guy Bannister
Betty Ann Davies ...
Poppy Levine (as Betty Davies)
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Herbert Evans
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Sydney Parsons
Robert Rendel ...
Sir Herbert Farquharson
Bruce Lester ...
Peter Ridgwell (as Bruce Lister)
Gordon McLeod ...
Commissioner of Police
Hannen Swaffer ...
Hannen Swaffer - Radio Personality
Vernon Bartlett ...
Vernon Bartlett - News Broadcaster
Eric Dunstan ...
Eric Dunstan - Radio Personality
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A radio actor is murdered live on air. Enter Detective Inspector Gregory suspicious of both cast and crew. The victim it's discovered had many enemies. The hunt to unmask the killer quickly ensues. Enjoyable romp through pre-war 1930's BBC Broadcasting House and London with a flavour here and there of the music, fashion and architecture of the times. Written by Steven Bain

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14 October 1941 (USA)  »

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Death at a Broadcast  »

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First film of Donald Wolfit. See more »

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Rodney Fleming: [to the lift-man] I'm looking for Variety.
lift-man: That's eight floors down.
Rodney Fleming: But I've just come eight floors up!
lift-man: Then it'll be sixteen floors down.
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Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Lyrics by Heinrich Heine
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A Sherlock Holmes style whodunit with not enough information for the viewer to guess the culprit. Hugely enjoyable though.
21 December 2006 | by (Cheltenham, United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This is really two stories in one. The first is the underlying plot of a murder during a live radio broadcast of a play so that the actual death by strangling of Donald Wolfit (before he became famous), is the real thing. Having been previously castigated by producer Val Gielgud (who actually wrote the film storyline as well) for not gasping properly, he is summoned to be congratulated on his improved performance only to be found stretched out on the floor, dead. There are several plausible suspects who all had the opportunity and motive to commit the crime but the actual culprit seemingly has a cast iron alibi. His unmasking therefore comes as a genuine surprise with the final chase through Broadcasting House bringing about his demise when he enters a door without realising it is a live electricity station. The second story is that of the daily routine in Broadcasting House where we are treated to two top stars of the day, Elisabeth Welch and Eve Becke, delightfully singing to the accompaniment of Ord Hamilton at the piano and Percival Mackey's dance orchestra respectively. Interweaved and connecting both stories is a gormless intruder who goes all over the building in search of the Variety studio, upsetting everyone in the process and also becoming a prime murder suspect. Other people come and go, mischievously signing autographs outside the front door. A gripping film, the only disappointment being that the police inspector never reveals his evidence until right at the end, thus depriving the viewer of accurately guessing whodunit.


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