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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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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
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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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30 December 1935 (UK)  »

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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. See more »

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Not a Bad Planetarium Movie
22 October 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The setting is the real central figure in this film. A murder is committed during a planetarium show held for a group of well known scientists. A hard boiled detective and an impulsive female reporter set out to solve the crime. Actually, she just seems to get in the way and must be regularly lectured by the big guy. The problem is that no one has the ability to have committed the crime. A series of diversions and set ups take place, trying to lure the real criminal out. There are professional jealousies at work which will hopefully result in an Achilles' heel. The story is slow and drawn out and the characters are often silly and stereotypical. Still, I found myself watching it carefully because I wanted to know how the murder was committed. if your not too fussy and don't mind a period piece, it's not too bad.


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