6.8/10
673
20 user 7 critic

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.

Director:

Writers:

(screen play), (screen play) | 2 more credits »
Reviews
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Certificate: Passed Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A organized crime big shot is jailed for ten years after his wife becomes pregnant and becomes bitter when she divorces him and remarries.

Director: Edward Ludwig
Stars: Edward G. Robinson, James Stewart, Rose Stradner
Speed (1936)
Certificate: Passed Action | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Terry is the chief car tester for Emery Motors and Frank is an Engineer. Jane has just been hired to work in publicity. Frank and Terry both want Jane to be their girl. Terry has designed a... See full summary »

Director: Edwin L. Marin
Stars: James Stewart, Wendy Barrie, Una Merkel
Rose-Marie (1936)
Certificate: Passed Musical | Romance | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Opera singer (Marie de Flor) seeks out fugitive brother in the Canadian wilderness. During her trek, she meets a Canadian mountie (Sgt. Bruce) who is also searching for her brother. Romance... See full summary »

Director: W.S. Van Dyke
Stars: Jeanette MacDonald, Nelson Eddy, Reginald Owen
Certificate: Passed Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

President Andrew Jackson's friendship with an innkeeper's daughter spells trouble for them both.

Director: Clarence Brown
Stars: Joan Crawford, Robert Taylor, Lionel Barrymore
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A young married couple's relationship becomes strained when he is assigned overseas as a foreign correspondent and she becomes a major stage star.

Director: Edward H. Griffith
Stars: Margaret Sullavan, James Stewart, Ray Milland
Comedy | Crime | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Detective Guy Johnson's client, Willie Heywood is framed for murder and while Guy hides him so he can catch the real killer, both of them are nabbed by the police, tried, convicted and ... See full summary »

Director: W.S. Van Dyke
Stars: Claudette Colbert, James Stewart, Guy Kibbee
Certificate: Passed Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Truck Cross, played by Jimmy Stewart, isn't an enlisted soldier. He is an enlisted man in the Navy and therefore a sailor. Otherwise, Harold Thornton's review is excellent.

Director: Sam Wood
Stars: Robert Young, James Stewart, Florence Rice
Born to Dance (1936)
Certificate: Passed Musical | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Sailor Ted meets at the Lonely Hearts Club of his friend Gunny's wife, Jenny, a girl, Nora Paige, and falls in love. Nora wants to become a dancer on Broadway. Ted rescues the Pekinese of ... See full summary »

Director: Roy Del Ruth
Stars: Eleanor Powell, James Stewart, Virginia Bruce
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Kay is a girl living in a small rural town whose life is just too dull and repetitious to bear. One night, she meets young, handsome, and rich Bob Dakin, who asks her for directions while ... See full summary »

Directors: William A. Wellman, Robert Z. Leonard
Stars: Janet Gaynor, Robert Taylor, Binnie Barnes
Whipsaw (1935)
Crime | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Hoping to nab a gang of jewel thieves, a government agent pretends to be a crook and travels across country with a lady thief.

Director: Sam Wood
Stars: Myrna Loy, Spencer Tracy, Harvey Stephens
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Butch Saunders has been transferred to Missing Persons because he was too brutal in other police work. He regards the assignment as "kindergarten" work. When a young woman asks him to help ... See full summary »

Director: Roy Del Ruth
Stars: Bette Davis, Lewis Stone, Pat O'Brien
Certificate: Passed Drama | Music | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

An ice skater jeopardizes her marriage when she becomes a movie star.

Director: Reinhold Schünzel
Stars: Joan Crawford, James Stewart, Lew Ayres
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
Mary Shannon
...
Captain Cole
Harvey Stephens ...
Henry Mander
...
Robins
...
'Shorty'
...
'Pop' Grey
...
Carey Booth
...
'Red' Maguire
John Sheehan ...
Sweeney
...
Rafferty
...
Sol Hertzberger
...
'Buck' Hawkins
...
Lillian Hopper
...
Colville
Edit

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

12 July 1935 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der Mann für Mord  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

James Stewart spoke his first movie line in this film: "Hi, Joe." See more »

Quotes

Henry Mander: Get out!
Steve Grey: Ok, high finance, I'll see you at the bar.
See more »


Soundtracks

Hi Diddle Dee Dum
(uncredited)
Written by Con Conrad and Herb Magidson
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Surprise Twist
11 May 2004 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

This was one of the first features that Spencer Tracy did for his new studio MGM when they signed him in 1935. At his first studio, 20th Century Fox he was cast in a whole lot of routine action pictures as a two-fisted rugged type in whatever role he played. It's no different here, in fact until he played Father Mullin in San Francisco, Tracy's MGM career promised more roles of the same type.

Here he's a newspaper reporter in the best tradition of The Front Page which this film borrows a lot from. He's called The Murder Man because he's the one the editor, Robert Barrat, call for when he wants coverage on any homicide. He's covering one in this film concerning an investment broker (con artist) who's accused of killing his partner. In fact Tracy provides key evidence for a conviction.

The movie does have a surprise ending which I won't reveal, unusual for a film in the 1930s. That and the presence of Spencer Tracy and James Stewart make it worth viewing.

This was the film debut of James Stewart. He has a role of another reporter on the same paper as Tracy. He was signed by MGM after appearing on Broadway in the play Yellow Jacket and garnering rave reviews. He's the same Jimmy Stewart that soon became an icon, but he didn't get much attention for the few lines he had here. He would have to wait for his next film appearance in Rose Marie to get moviegoers attention.


9 of 9 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
mabel (the copy girl) ksf-2
Anyone Who Has a Picture of Saturn on His Wall... Sproketer
Where can I find this movie? wesmurry
Discuss The Murder Man (1935) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?