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Death from a Distance (1935)

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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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Cast overview:
Russell Hopton ...
Det. Lt. Ted Mallory
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Kay Palmer
George F. Marion ...
Jim Gray (as George Marion Sr.)
Lee Kohlmar ...
Prof. Ernst Einfeld
John St. Polis ...
Prof. Trowbridge
Lew Kelly ...
Det. Regan
E.H. Calvert ...
District Attorney (as Capt. E.H. Calvert)
Wheeler Oakman ...
Langsdale, aka George Fremont
Robert Frazer ...
Morgan (as Robert Frazier)
Cornelius Keefe ...
Clay Gorman
John Davidson ...
Ahmad Haidru
John Dilson ...
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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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) See more »

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Mystery Misfire
8 May 2009 | by (Earth) – See all my reviews

"A murder is committed at the Forest Park Planetarium during a lecture by the celebrated Astronomer, Professor Ernst Einfeld (Lee Kohlmar). The fatal shot is fired in semi-darkness while a distinguished audience observes the stars projected on the dome above them. A hardboiled homicide detective (Russell Hopton) trades verbal jabs with a wisecracking gal reporter (Lola Lane) as they attempt to unravel the mysterious killing," according to the DVD sleeve's synopsis. In a very dull manner.

The "gal reporter" character played by Lola Lane was, in part, writer Jerry Siegel's inspiration for Superman's Girl Friend, "Lois Lane"; however, Ms. Lane's later "Torchy Blane" characterization is a more accurate reference point. Perhaps, "Death from a Distance is most notable as featuring the penultimate performance of George F. Marion (as Jim Gray), who so memorably played the father of Pauline Lord (1921), Blanche Sweet (1923), and Greta Garbo (1930) in Eugene O'Neill's "Anna Christie".

*** Death from a Distance (9/17/35) Frank Strayer ~ Russell Hopton, Lola Lane, George F. Marion


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