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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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Mary Shannon
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Captain Cole
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Henry Mander
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Robins
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'Pop' Grey
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Carey Booth
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Sol Hertzberger
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Lillian Hopper
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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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This film was first telecast in Los Angeles Thursday 28 February 1957 on KTTV (Channel 11) and in Philadelphia Tuesday 8 October 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6); its initial airings in New York City occurred 5 July 1959 on WCBS (Channel 2) and in San Francisco 30 November 1959 on KGO (Channel 7). See more »

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Henry Mander: Get out!
Steve Grey: Ok, high finance, I'll see you at the bar.
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Remade as The Perfect Set-Up (1936) See more »

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Written by Con Conrad and Herb Magidson
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Exceptional, but don't blink or you'll miss Errol Flynn!
27 August 2007 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is an exceptional little film due to an excellent script. Spencer Tracy stars as an alcoholic newspaper man who specializes in covering murder investigations. His ability to guess what occurred and how it occurred is amazing--as again and again he's able to piece together the little it of evidence they have to determine the facts of the case. As a result, he always beats out the competing papers for breaks in the investigation. However, Spencer actually has a bit of an edge in this particular case, but I don't want to say more as it would spoil the film.

The writing, acting and direction are all exceptional and the film is well worth seeing. Overall, an excellent effort by Tracy playing a role VERY close to home, as he himself was an alcoholic and binge drinker in real life--just like the character in the film. Also, look for a very young Jimmy Stewart in a rather bland supporting role before he became a star.


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