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Ticket to a Crime (1934)

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A Man is found murdered at the Lido Country Club and, although several people are under suspicion, including Elaine and Willis Purdy, the police can not find the murderer; but private ... See full summary »

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Ralph Graves ...
Clay Holt
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Elaine Purdy
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Peggy Cummings
James Burke ...
Detective Lt. John Aloysius McGinnis
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Courtney Mallory
Edward Earle ...
Willis Purdy
Hyram A. Hoover ...
Jerry Papolas (as Hy Hoover)
John Elliott ...
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A Man is found murdered at the Lido Country Club and, although several people are under suspicion, including Elaine and Willis Purdy, the police can not find the murderer; but private detective Clay Holt, and his pretty secretary Peggy Cummings unearth the vital clue and bring the killer to justice. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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15 December 1934 (USA)  »

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Unsatisfying Quickie
9 February 2011 | by (Ramsey, NJ) – See all my reviews

"Ticket To A Crime" is a quickie on several levels. It is a quickie in that it is over in 64 minutes, and there is a rush to a conclusion which leaves the viewer unsatisfied. Additionally, it is evidently a quota-quickie, rushed into production to meet the enormous appetite of a public attuned to double features.

I thought Ralph Graves and Lola Lane played off each other well, but the relationship was unfulfilled due to the rush to end the picture. The rest of the cast was inconsistent, but this was a Poverty Row production and the studio was probably under cost restraints and had to cast accordingly. James Burke's character was particularly irksome as the dim-witted police Sgt., a role he played many times in his career, but he was primarily a character actor and may have had too much of a part here.

The plot was interesting and there were several suspects to choose from but those in charge took the easy way out, maybe to bring the picture to a quick close. As I said, the outcome is ultimately unsatisfying, and you can't help thinking how much better it could have been if handled by a major studio.


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