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Death from a Distance (1935)

While a distinguished astronomer is giving a lecture in a planetarium, a shot rings out and one of the audience members is found dead. A tough detective and a brassy female reporter lock horns as they both try to break the case.

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Det. Lt. Ted Mallory
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Kay Palmer
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Jim Gray (as George Marion Sr.)
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Prof. Ernst Einfeld
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Prof. Trowbridge
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Det. Regan
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Langsdale, aka George Fremont
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Morgan (as Robert Frazier)
Cornelius Keefe ...
Clay Gorman
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Ahmad Haidru
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Newspaper Editor McConnell
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While a distinguished astronomer is giving a lecture in a planetarium, a shot rings out and one of the audience members is found dead. A tough detective and a brassy female reporter lock horns as they both try to break the case.

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Morte a Distância  »

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According to the first television schedule issued by NBC in 1941, this was the first feature movie broadcast on New York's first television station WNBT (Wednesday, July 2nd at 9pm) after it graduated from its experimental status as W2XBS and was officially christened WNBT (Channel 1) on 29 June 1941. Post WWII NYC television viewers also got an early look at it when it was re-broadcast Sunday 17 August 1947 on WCBS (Channel 2). West Coast fans finally got a look at it in Los Angeles Monday 18 June 1951 on KFI (Channel 9) and in San Francisco Thursday 15 May 1952 on KRON (Channel 4). See more »

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A Killer from Space?
25 April 2004 | by (Glen Cove, New York) – See all my reviews

During a lecture at a planetarium one of the people in the audience is killed. The police are called and with the help of, or possibly despite the interference of a female reporter the killer is eventually unmasked.

If nothing else this film has a unique location which is played up a great deal as the film milks it for all its worth. What is worth is plenty since this is a snappy mystery with great dialog and a decent mystery. The acting is good and the cast is made up of troopers who you've probably seen in countless other films.

This is one of those movie that's worth seeking out and worth buying. Alpha Video is putting it out shortly in a cheap edition and I'll be picking up copies for friends who like the really good mysteries. Keep an eye on Amazon, you won't be disappointed.


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