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Director:
Writers:
Paul Sifton (play) and
Claire Sifton (play)
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Release Date:
7 March 1934 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
Jury foreman Edward Weldon's questioning leads to the death sentence for Ethel Saxon. His daughter Stella claims to have killed her lover... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Morality Tale, Or Noir? See more (22 total) »

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Directed by
Chester Erskine  (as Chester Erskin)
 
Writing credits
Paul Sifton (play "Midnight") and
Claire Sifton (play "Midnight")

Chester Erskine  uncredited

Produced by
Chester Erskine .... producer (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
William O. Steiner (photography) (as William Steiner)
George Webber (photography)
 
Film Editing by
Leo Zochling 
 
Set Decoration by
Sam Corso (settings)
 
Makeup Department
Eddie Senz .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Arthur Cozine .... assistant director
Ray Cozine .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
C.A. Tuthill .... sound
 
Music Department
Victor Alix .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
R.H. Bassett .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
James F. Hanley .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Will Jason .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
William Spielter .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Karl Stark .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Egbert Van Alstyne .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
J.S. Zamecnik .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
 
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Carl Laemmle .... presenter (uncredited)
 
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Also Known As:
"Call It Murder" - USA (reissue title)
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Runtime:
76 min
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Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Wide Range Sound System)
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Film debut of Richard Whorf.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Ethel Saxon:You see, I loved him. I mean I loved him when... when he didn't love me anymore, day in and day out watching him get further and further away from me. I could see in his eyes when he looked at me... I could see he hated me, hated me because I needed him...
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8 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Morality Tale, Or Noir?, 12 December 2005
Author: abbyart from New York

One must judge this movie along-side its contemporaries. It is an outstanding example of the numerous "women with law problems" pictures of the Thirties. It avoids the sentimentality and masochistic suffering that the female lead predictably, and monotonously undergoes. Instead of a simple morality tale, with the focus on a single character's torment, we are presented with one of the earliest examples of Noir that I know, complete with dark despair, pessimism, and cynicism. The Law, in-laws, ambitious DAs, insensitive fourflushers and amoral bourgeois relatives, and an ambiguously moral reporter all serve to subvert the movie's latent sentimentality and cause us to question our moral bearings. Bogart is excellent in his brief role, but it is ridiculous to judge this movie by his screen time. All the acting is excellent (save Ms. Fox?) and the casting superb. The direction is inventive, especially considering the confining main set, with many startling close-ups, camera angles, and tableaux. Consider this movie in terms of the original "Chicago" (the play, 1927), its remake as the movie Roxie Hart (W. Wellman, 1942) and "Chicago," 2002. You'll see it has a lot to add to this theme, and is worthy of consideration in its own right.

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