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Murder by Television (1935)

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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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Huntley Gordon ...
Dr. Henry M. Scofield (as Huntly Gordon)
George Meeker ...
Henry Mowbray ...
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 »

Goofs

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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There Are Some Things That Are Best Left Alone

This movie is just bad beyond belief. The acting is horrid, while the cast is simply reciting lines with little feeling. I do wonder where they got these people. The actors just chop up the dialog like a salad. The television idea is just that, with no real sense of development in a hopeless, lifeless plot. The lack of a music track in 1935 is not uncommon, but some sort of musical score was really needed in a suspense movie of this type. I had wanted to see his movie for years. Now I can honestly say I am sorry did. As many a horror movie philosopher has said, somewhere in the middle of an endlessly dark night, "There are some things that are best left alone." This movie, sadly, is one of them. May it rest in peace.


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