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The Murder Man (1935)

Passed | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | 12 July 1935 (USA)
When a crooked businessman is fatally shot, a hotshot New York newspaper reporter specializing in murder stories narrows in on the dead man's associate.

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Steve Grey, reporter for the Daily Star, has a habit of scooping all the other papers in town. When Henry Mander is investigated for the murder of his shady business partner, Grey is one step ahead of the police to the extent that he often dictates his story in advance of its actual occurrence. He leads the police through an 'open and shut' case resulting in Mander being tried, convicted and sentenced to death. Columnist Mary Shannon is in love with Steve but she sees him struggle greatly with his last story before Mander's execution. When she starts typing out the story from his recorded dictation, she realizes why. Written by Gary Jackson <garyjack5@cogeco.ca>

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Although credited with the score, only stock cues by William Axt were used on the soundtrack. See more »

Quotes

Policeman: Hey! What's he doin' here?
Merry-Go-Round Operator: Sleeping. He staggered in here about 12 o'clock last night. Bought a whole roll of tickets and told me not to disturb him. I don't know who he is.
Policeman: I do. Hey, Grey. Wake up. Wake up!
Steve Grey: Ah. Hm...
Policeman: The whole force is lookin' for you.
Steve Grey: Ah. Where's the rest of them?
Policeman: Your boss wants ya. Some big racketeer named Halford was murdered last night.
Steve Grey: [groaning] So, that's it, huh? Alright. Oh. Thanks. Here.
[Hands tickets to policeman]
Steve Grey: Take a ride for yourself.
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Hi Diddle Dee Dum
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Hat on, Hat off
5 June 2010 | by See all my reviews

The thirties was an amazing time in film. Noir was to be refined, with one of its main elements being our on-screen detective. Before the conventions matured, we had a good 6- 7 years of experiments about embedded story and on screen surrogates. Some of those surrogates were detectives of different kinds, including newspaper reporters and insurance guys. This is one of the most interesting experiments. The large shape has our detective being both outside and inside the story, what I can folding. He is a writer, and writes both the outside and inside stories. An inner observer of our folded man is an earnest woman. There are a lot of symmetries in this thing — very tight writing and lots of screen details. One screen detail is a good example. We have a nervous street huckster who factors as an innocent in the murder. He is portrayed with a delicate balance of confidence and control when he is in his element and slightly hidden deference when with the law. He is court to testify as to what he saw. As he is called, he hands his hat to the surprised cop beside him. There is a 3 second — not even that — interplay concerning the hat, and its role in the social order. It is perfect. I came to not like Spencer Tracey in his later career, his stock mannerisms and one-size- fits-all reflexes. But here he is fresh, spontaneous, right on. Ted's Evaluation -- 3 of 3: Worth watching.


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