The apparent hanging of a suicidal student is revealed to be murder, as he was already dead when the noose was placed around his neck, killed by a sharp needle that penetrated the back of his skull with great force.

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Robert Warwick ...
Joseph Harris
Edward Van Sloan ...
Prof. Bostwick
Marion Shilling ...
Jean Coates
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Miss Lottie Case
Doris Lloyd ...
Lucille Coates
James Bush ...
Byron Coates / John Meseraux
Julian Madison ...
Charlie Penlon
Eddie Tamblyn ...
Bill Smart
Ralph Brooks ...
Sam Anderson
Robert McKenzie ...
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John Davidson ...
Prof. Brand
Herbert Bunston ...
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George Morrell ...
Deputy Ab Barber
Broderick O'Farrell ...
Dr. Howell
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The apparent hanging of a suicidal student is revealed to be murder, as he was already dead when the noose was placed around his neck, killed by a sharp needle that penetrated the back of his skull with great force.

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The infallible detective meets the perfect crime!

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1 February 1935 (USA)  »

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This murder-mystery didn't do too much for me
19 July 2011 | by (Edinburgh, Scotland, UK) – See all my reviews

One night in a college campus a man commits suicide. Or rather he is murdered and left for dead as if he had. From here on in his friends try to piece together the mystery and discover who the killer is.

A Shot in the Dark is yet another 30's mystery film. These types of films were ten a penny in the decade for some reason. I can't say I thought too much of this one though unfortunately. While it does move through its plot-line fairly methodically and logically, and while it also mercifully does not have an annoying comedy relief character I just found myself somewhat bored to tell you the absolute truth. It was slow and quite uneventful, relying on detective staples rather than thriller ones. Although one thing is for sure, college students have certainly changed a lot in the past 75 years.


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