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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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Complete credited cast:
Edna May Oliver ...
Addison 'Ad' Stevens
Gertrude Michael ...
Jane Davis
Detective Smiley North
Edgar Kennedy ...
Detective Donahue
Tully Marshall ...
Mr. MacFarland
Jackie Searl ...
Leland Stanford Jones
Frederick Vogeding ...
Otto Schweitzer, the Janitor (as Fredrik Vogeding)
Barbara Fritchie ...
Louise Halloran
Gustav von Seyffertitz ...
Dr. Max Von Immen
Tom Herbert ...
Detective McTeague
Jed Prouty ...
Dr. Levine


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 <>

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Comedy | Drama | Mystery





Release Date:

15 June 1934 (USA)  »

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Murder on the Blackboard  »

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(RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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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 »


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


Hildegarde Withers: [after a staggering Otto bumps into her] Otto Schweitzer, watch where you're going!
Hildegarde Withers: [He coughs right into her face and she covers hers up] Ooohhh...
Hildegarde Withers: [after a pause she smells his breath] The only excuse I can find for you is...
Hildegarde Withers: [She sniffs him] ... seems to be bonded stuff.
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References Penguin Pool Murder (1932) See more »


The Sidewalks of New York
Music by Charles Lawlor (1894)
Played after the credits
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"I've Got to Admit you Can Take it...When Necessary, I Can Dish it out Too"
22 November 2007 | by (NC) – See all my reviews

Decidedly dated, early mystery starring Edna May Oliver as the irrepressible sleuth Hildergard Withers, Murder on the Blackboard is all fun. Oliver excels as the wise-cracking "Lady" teacher sleuth who finds that a young, pretty music teacher has been killed in her school

  • as both have stayed late working. Oliver enlists the help of
detective James Gleason(an always reliable character actor) and the one-liners between the two begin to ensue as the track down the murderer. The writing in this film is witty, sharp, and rapid-fire and both Gleason and Oliver do more than justice to their respective roles. The list of suspects is limited(really only four people) but amongst them are Bruce Cabot and Tully Marshall. Because it was made in 1934 it is somewhat stagy and creaky, but the film is elevated by the two acting leads. Oliver on screen is pure magic as she is able to look oh so dour and be oh so sarcastic at every turn. A crackling whodunit in the old-fashioned sense of the word.

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