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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