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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
Edward Van Sloan ...
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
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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This film's earliest documented telecast in the New York City area occurred Thursday 7 August 1947 on WCBS (Channel 2). See more »

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Collegiate corpses
27 February 2016 | by (Baltimore MD) – See all my reviews

The real mystery here is how -- and why -- this movie got made. At a mythical college where most of the students have apparently been flunking for years -- since they're all in their thirties -- a body is found hanging outside a dorm window. Suicide? Nah! That'd only be a short subject. The poor lad was bumped off, a murder followed by two more. And if you haven't figured out who the culprit is about five minutes in, it's time to brush up on your 1930s grade-C thrillers. Charles Starrett in the days before he rode the range, can obviously act. His girl friend (whose name I'll omit out of respect) struggles to say a few lines. Hopefully, she moved on to a more suitable career. One last question. Can anyone who's seen the movie tell me why the killings were committed? If so, you're way ahead of the screenwriter.


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