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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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Dr. Henry M. Scofield (as Huntly Gordon)
George Meeker ...
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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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The longest 53 minute movie you'll ever see
12 November 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This could have and should have been a hell of a lot more fun than it is, but instead we're stuck watching a bunch of people standing around talking for an hour about some sort of "death ray" emitted by a new contraption called a television set. Not much happens here, it's just a lot of talk and standing around, and more standing around and more talking. Even Bela Lugosi (playing two characters!) doesn't have anything to work with here, nothing can save this mess.

It might hold slight appeal for those who are interested in an early look at both cinema and television, but horror fans and Lugosi fans will be bored to tears with this one. It's static and slow moving.


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