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Murder by Television (1935)

Approved  |   |  Mystery, Thriller  |  1 October 1935 (USA)
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James Houghland, inventor of a new method by which television signals can be instantaneously sent anywhere in the world, refuses to sell the process to television companies, who then send ... See full summary »

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Dr. Arthur Perry / Edwin Perry
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Dr. Henry M. Scofield (as Huntly Gordon)
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Chief of Police Nelson
Charles Hill Mailes ...
Prof. James Houghland
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Mrs. Houghland
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Isabella - the Cook
Allen Jung ...
Ah Ling - the Houseboy (as Allan Jung)
Charles K. French ...
Donald M. Jordan
Larry Francis ...
Mendoza
Henry Hall ...
Hammond
Billy Sullivan ...
Reardon the Watchman (as William 'Billy' Sullivan)
William H. Tooker ...
Allen (as William Tooker)
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James Houghland, inventor of a new method by which television signals can be instantaneously sent anywhere in the world, refuses to sell the process to television companies, who then send agents to acquire the invention any way they can. On the night of his initial broadcast Houghland is mysteriously murdered in the middle of his demonstration and it falls to Police Chief Nelson to determine who the murderer is from the many suspects present. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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1 October 1935 (USA)  »

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$35,000 (estimated)
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For the scenes showing television equipment, the filmmakers borrowed it from L.A.-area researchers who were working on experimental TV. The equipment they borrowed was worth $75,000 - over twice the $35,000 production budget for the film. See more »

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When Isabella (the cook) finds the body at the top of the stairs, she simply disappears into thin air. (This may be due to missing footage in the extant print, rather than an error by the original filmmakers.) See more »

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[first lines]
Hammond: Have you been holding that wire to the coast open?
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I Had the Right Idea
Music and Lyrics by Oliver Wallace
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Good "Who Done It" film
9 February 2005 | by (Orlando, Florida) – See all my reviews

Bela Lugosi was always an underrated actor; capable of different types of roles. This a good Lugosi "who-done-it movie. Like Bela's "Dracula", this film lacks a musical score; however the acting is very good and Bela's performance will please his legions of fans. He doesn't wear a cape or tends to his usual "mad scientist" lab here. Instead, Mr. Lugosi dons a tuxedo for most of the movie! The plot deals with something that was only a dream for a lot of people during the thirties; television. It's interesting how much television was on the minds of many people in 1935. In fact, TV would have been a part of the American lifestyle much earlier had it not been for World War Two. "Murder By Television" shows a glimpse of what was to be as well as being a good murder mystery from the mid-thirties. Recommended viewing.


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