Inspector Darrow investigates the death of a wealthy man.

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Leslie Perrins ...
Inspector Darrow
Michael Hogan ...
Samuel Morton
Russell Thorndike ...
Clive Bristow
Ivor Barnard ...
Arthur Stannard
Eliot Makeham ...
John Rutherford
George Zucco ...
James Renton
Leo Britt ...
Tony Freyne
D.J. Williams ...
Fritz Klein
Hector Abbas ...
Otto Bemberg
Cyril Smith ...
McNair
Barbara Everest ...
Mrs. Foster
Judy Gunn ...
Carole Foster
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Inspector Darrow investigates the death of a wealthy man.

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Odd little quickie
19 October 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

THE ROOF is an odd and unsuccessful little British murder mystery from the early days of talky cinema. Most of the film consists of a group of guys sitting around in a club discussing finances and the like, which doesn't make for much entertainment value, but later on a murder plot and the theft of some diamonds adds to the intrigue a bit.

The plot begins in 1914 as various concerned characters discuss the prospect of the impending war and its impact upon them. Bizarrely, the story then skips forward some twenty years to the then-present day, where the identity of a murderer must be solved. I have to say that the material is really sub par and the only thing of interest is a minor role for screen villain George Zucco, who doesn't get much screen time anyway. Otherwise, it's a bore.


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