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Murder on the Set (1935)

Death on the Set (original title)
(1935) Henry Kendall, Eve Gray, Jeanne Stuart, Garry Marsh, Wally Patch. A well-known film director has a gangster double, whom he ends up killing. Taking the gangsters place, he then ... See full summary »

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Henry Kendall ...
Cayley Morden / Charlie Marsh
Eve Gray ...
Laura Cane
Jeanne Stuart ...
Lady Blanche
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Inspector Burford
Wally Patch ...
Sergeant Crowther
Lewis Shaw ...
Jimmy Frayle
Alfred Wellesley ...
Studio Manager
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Freshman
Rita Halsam ...
Constance Lyon
Robert Nainby ...
Lord Umbridge
Hal Walters ...
Albert
Elizabeth Arkell ...
Mrs. Hipkins
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(1935) Henry Kendall, Eve Gray, Jeanne Stuart, Garry Marsh, Wally Patch. A well-known film director has a gangster double, whom he ends up killing. Taking the gangsters place, he then causes an actress to be framed. A Gritty British crime film. From 16mm. Written by Anonymous

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Alternatively ludicrous and very, very dull
11 June 2016 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This is one of the least interesting mystery thrillers that I've seen from the era. There's some self-referencing stuff in that the film is set on and around a stage where the director and crew are busy shooting a gangster movie, but the central thrust of the story - that the director has an exact double who just so happens to be a visiting gangster from America - is so ludicrous that you can never take it seriously.

For a film with a simple 73 minute running time, this sure is dull, aside from that guns-blazing opening sequence which wrong foots the viewer. Talky, and dull, with characters who remain unappealing to the viewer from beginning to end, particularly that of the lead actress. Popular actor Henry Kendall (THE MAN OUTSIDE) plays the central dual roles here and despite some early and effective split screen effects, he doesn't really convince as either character.

As ever, it's left to some brief working class comic relief (in the form of the long-suffering sergeant) to lift the spirits. Even the crucial murder scene is oddly boring, and things only start to pick up at the very end as the net closes in. It feels like the makers of DEATH ON THE SET were hoping to rival the big American crime thrillers of the era, but their effort is a mere weak imitation.


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