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A Shot in the Dark (1935)

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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Charles Starrett ...
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 ...
Sheriff
John Davidson ...
Prof. Brand
Herbert Bunston ...
College President
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 Old College Try
4 July 2009 | by (Earth) – See all my reviews

"A death at a college campus appears to be a suicide but is actually a cover for murder. The dead man's roommate finds himself embroiled in a mystery as he tries to uncover the truth behind the young man's murder. Twists and turns, as well as some false leads, makes this a tough case for our collegiate hero to solve, let alone (keep) out of the clutches of the killer," according to the DVD sleeve's synopsis.

The stars may be bigger than the movie. Handsome Charles Starrett (as Ken Harris), who has a small "lingerie" scene, became one of the top western stars of the forties, peaking in "The Return of the Durango Kid" (1945). The man playing his father, Robert Warwick (as Joseph Harris), was one of the most respected actors of the teens, beginning with his performance in "Alias Jimmy Valentine" (1915). Watch out for red herrings.

**** A Shot in the Dark (2/1/35) Charles Lamont ~ Charles Starrett, Robert Warwick, James Bush


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