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Murder on the Blackboard (1934)

 -  Comedy | Drama | Mystery  -  15 June 1934 (USA)
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A pretty young music teacher is bludgeoned to death in Hildegarde's school, where she's reunited with Oscar, but the autopsy report says she was dying from poison too.

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Otto Schweitzer, the Janitor (as Fredrik Vogeding)
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Louise Halloran
Gustav von Seyffertitz ...
Dr. Max Von Immen
Tom Herbert ...
Detective McTeague
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Dr. Levine
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There are plenty of guilty secrets at the school where Hildegarde Withers teaches. When she finds the body of the pretty music teacher, she calls in her old friend Inspector Piper, who promptly arrests the obvious suspect. Clues multiply and everyone looks suspicious as Piper and Miss Withers continue their battle of the sexes. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Edgar Kennedy returns as the slow-thinking Donovan although he seems to have been promoted to Detective Sergeant. In both films he is knocked unconscious. In "The Penguin Pool Murders" in a bathroom and here in a cellar. Kennedy's iconic bald pate is visible although in the first film his head was shaved. See more »

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Two wide-mouthed bottles appear out of nowhere on Miss Halloran's desk as Miss Withers searches it. See more »

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Detective Smiley North: [Reporting on the cellar] No body, but someone's been diggin' a grave.
Oscar Piper: People don't dig graves just for the fun of it. Come on, Hildegard!
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The Sidewalks of New York
Music by Charles Lawlor (1894)
Played after the credits
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A gem of a programmer
20 May 2007 | by (Chicago, Il.) – See all my reviews

This is a quintessential 'Late Show' movie, a low-key murder mystery with charming character actors in service to a mild plot. Edna May Oliver is the keystone of the picture, an elementary school teacher with a taste for adventure in murder mysteries. "Murder On The Blackboard" is a sequel to another Edna May Oliver-James Gleason picture so the characters are already well established. The pacing is brisk and the plot is well assembled, making for an enjoyable film.

One problem for viewers might be the C&C Movietime version of this film. That version has the first half-hour cut out, which saves time but butchers the narrative. Those who pick up the thread with Oliver's character searching for the body are missing about thirty minutes of important exposition.

Regardless of the editing, this is an amusing comic murder mystery deserving of your attention.


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