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Murder by Television (1935)

Approved | | Mystery, Thriller | 1 October 1935 (USA)
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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Henry Mowbray ...
Nelson - Chief of Police
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Prof. James Houghland
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Mrs. Houghland
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Isabella - the Cook
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Ah Ling - the Houseboy (as Allan Jung)
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Donald M. Jordan
Larry Francis ...
Mendoza
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Hammond
Billy Sullivan ...
Reardon - 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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Mystery | Thriller

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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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Featured in Rumble Fish (1983) See more »

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I Had the Right Idea
Music and Lyrics by Oliver Wallace
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"Many of you no doubt have seen or heard the radio demonstration of starting an automobile motor by voice vibration. This is not a difficult thing to do."
8 June 2017 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

An inventor is killed and a boring investigation ensues. A B murder mystery starring Bela Lugosi with wooden performances from most of the cast, save for two cringeworthy turns from Hattie McDaniel and Allen Jung as stereotypical servants. It moves along at a snail's pace and struggles to maintain even a little suspense. The biggest selling point of this today is not Bela; he's very subdued in this and therefore not that interesting. The main reason to see this is for the fascinating historical elements. We get to see some early television technology and get an idea of how people viewed the concept of television back then. It's fun to watch a group of stuffy old people in tuxedos and gowns sitting around in stiff Victorian chairs to see a demonstration of this newfangled invention called television. Worth a look for Lugosi completists or anyone interested in television history.


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