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A Shot in the Dark (1935)

Approved | | Mystery, Thriller | 1 February 1935 (USA)
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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Joseph Harris
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Prof. Bostwick
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Jean Coates
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Miss Lottie Case
Doris Lloyd ...
Lucille Coates
James Bush ...
Byron Coates / John Meseraux
Julian Madison ...
Charlie Penlon
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Bill Smart
Ralph Brooks ...
Sam Anderson
Robert McKenzie ...
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Prof. Brand
Herbert Bunston ...
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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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An Entertaining Low-Budget Mystery Film of the Mid-1930s
11 December 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This is an entertaining murder mystery of the mid-1930s made on a budget so small it would fit in a child's pocket. The lack of production values and largely unknown cast do not however detract from the appeal of this unpretentious offering, for those who like creaky old mystery films and enjoy seeing the manners and mores of a bygone era. The only performance which really stands out is by Robert Warwick, who was a cut above the rest and does superbly well, old trooper and charmer that he was. The plot outline given for this film at the moment is entirely wrong, is obviously that of another film, and should be replaced, as this film is not about people in a room being murdered. It is set on a university campus, though no classrooms come into it, and it is all about someone inheriting when he turns 21 and whether he hangs himself or not. Some novel twists are introduced, an unusual murder weapon appears, and there are some far-fetched solutions. But it is all good fun for those who are not fussy. in other words, people who just like a good mystery film and do not demand modern stars, big budgets, car chases, and exploding buildings.


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