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Murder on the Blackboard (1934)

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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Addison 'Ad' Stevens
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Detective Smiley North
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Leland Stanford Jones
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Otto Schweitzer, the Janitor (as Fredrik Vogeding)
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Louise Halloran
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Dr. Max Von Immen
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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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15 June 1934 (USA)  »

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Det mystiske Tegn  »

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Trivia

Edna May Oliver was forced to take a salary cut, as were other RKO contractees, for austerity reasons when she worked on this film. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Oscar Piper: I'm gonna take this building apart brick by brick until I find the man that did that!
Hildegarde Withers: Or the woman...
Oscar Piper: Or the woman! Ain't let a cop killer get away in this town in twenty years!
Hildegarde Withers: Cop killer! I suppose one dead schoolteacher more or less doesn't count.
Oscar Piper: I don't count my corpses until I come to 'em!
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Followed by Forty Naughty Girls (1937) See more »

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The Sidewalks of New York
Music by Charles Lawlor (1894)
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6 September 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Edna May Oliver, (Hildegarde Withers) was a fantastic actress and her supporting actor was also a great actor, James Gleason, (Inspector Oscar Piper). In this film Hildegarde investigates a murder in a New York City School which involved a very pretty young teacher who was involved in some very dark secrets. There is a blackboard that plays a very important role in this murder mystery which was musical notes placed on a C staff which reveal an important clue to the person who committed this murder. Edna May Oliver and James Gleason give an outstanding performance with very quick wit of words between each other and it is also very comical and funny to watch two great veterans doing what just comes very natural for both of them. Don't miss this great film Classic from 1934.


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