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Murder on the Campus (1933)

A popular young student finds herself accused of a series of murders that have occurred on the college campus. Her boyfriend, a reporter for the local newspaper, knows she didn't do it, and and sets out to prove her innocence and catch the real killer.

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Shirley Grey ...
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Charles Starrett ...
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Ruth Hall ...
Ann Michaels
Dewey Robinson ...
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Edward Van Sloan ...
Prof. C. Edson Hawley
Jane Keckley ...
Hilda Lund (as Tane Keckley)
Richard Catlett ...
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A popular young student finds herself accused of a series of murders that have occurred on the college campus. Her boyfriend, a reporter for the local newspaper, knows she didn't do it, and and sets out to prove her innocence and catch the real killer.

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On the Stroke of Nine  »

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The failure of the original copyright holder to renew the film's copyright resulted in it falling into public domain, meaning that virtually anyone could duplicate and sell a VHS/DVD copy of the film. Therefore, many of the versions of this film available on the market are either severely (and usually badly) edited and/or of extremely poor quality, having been duped from second- or third-generation (or more) copies of the film. See more »

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Police Capt. Ed Kyne: Let's get to the man himself.
Wilson, Frat House Manager: Well, he was a likeable chap. Good mixer, good company. But he hadn't any, well, he lacked the cultural background a college man should have.
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A Body in the Belfry Drives the Cops Batty
2 January 2015 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

When the carillon in a college bell-tower starts pealing mysteriously, a corpse is discovered amid the bells, and a beautiful coed/nightclub singer (Shirley Grey) is accused of murder. It's up to ace reporter Bill Bartlett (Charles Starrett, later to become known as The Durango Kid) to solve the mystery of the Murder on the Campus and find the real murderer. As a bonus, this sprightly 1933 mystery, Murder on The Campus (AKA On The Stroke of Nine in the UK), directed by film veteran Richard Thorpe, offers up a delightful performance by J. Farrell MacDonald, who plays a not-so-tough police captain. He steals the show from the two nominal stars of the movie, which is rather easy to do, given their embarrassing lack of talent. Two other pros, Dewey Robinson and Edward Van Sloan (better known for his roles in Frankenstein, Dracula and The Mummy), also help keep the movie on an even keel. This movie was one of a series ground out by Chesterfield Studios, a now-forgotten movie-maker which was soon to be absorbed into Republic Pictures, the company built by Herbert W. Yates on the remains of six Poverty Row movie studios which owed his film processing lab large sums. However, during its brief stay with us, Chesterfield, originally a silent- screen studio, gave movie audiences a number of fast-moving detective B talkies, including Murder on the Campus. This 73-minute movie played fair with the audience, and though it can be picked apart for its cheap sets and ham-fisted editing, does have a good script and some funny dialog. And it gives you a chance to see the charming talent of J. Farrell MacDonald, carefully honed in three-hundred-and twenty-five films, including 25 by John Ford and 7 by Preston Sturges.


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