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Murder at Glen Athol (1936)

A famous detective is invited to a swanky party at an elegant mansion, but before the night is over he finds himself involved with gangsters, blackmail and murder.



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Complete credited cast:
Bill Holt
Jane Maxwell
Muriel Randel
Gus Colleti
Oscar Apfel ...
Reuben Marshall
Tom Randel
Harry Holman ...
Campbell Snowden
Ann Randel
James P. Burtis ...
Mike 'Jeff' Jefferies (as James Burtis)
Lew Kelly ...
Police Sgt. Olsen
Wilson Benge ...
Simpson - Butler
District Attorney McDougal (as Capt. Calvert)


A famous detective is invited to a swanky party at an elegant mansion, but before the night is over he finds himself involved with gangsters, blackmail and murder.

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28 February 1936 (USA)  »

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The Criminal Within  »

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A better than average B
23 July 2011 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

"Murder at Glen Athol" is a B-movie with a limited budget and mostly no-name stars. John Miljan stars in the film and he has a face you might recognize--he played bad guys in quite a few Bs. He was a pretty good actor and his lovely voice sounded a lot like a combination of Otto Kruger's and Charles Butterworth's--but he never became a big star. Instead, he found steady work in lower-budget films. Here in this film, however, it's one of those times where he actually got to play the hero--and he did a nice job of it.

Miljan plays a famous detective who is on vacation. And, like most famous factional detectives (such as Charlie Chan and Jessica Fletcher), a vacation means someone will get murdered and this cop will get called in to help the locals solve the crime. This is just one of those screen clichés you'll just need to accept without questioning.

So why did I like it enough to give it a 7 (which is a very high score for a B)? Well, the acting and production values were surprisingly good, the murder mystery and how Miljan's character dealt with the murders was unique and I liked the sidekick--who, though a bit dumb, wasn't THAT dumb and often was quite handy--something that you couldn't say about most detective sidekicks (such as Birmingham Brown or Dr. Watson). All in all, an enjoyable film that managed to be a bit better than you'd expect. And, considering you can download it free from the link on IMDb, that's plenty of reason to see it.

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