6.9/10
36
4 user 1 critic

The Preview Murder Mystery (1936)

A public relations man for a movie studio uses an early form of television to help solve a murder.

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
Reviews

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A polo player's wife becomes the mystery woman in a Long Island horsy-set murder trial.

Director: Robert Florey
Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, Gene Raymond, Genevieve Tobin
Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  

A military intelligence officer and a pretty reporter try to find a scientist whose inventions can destroy the world.

Directors: Ford Beebe, Saul A. Goodkind
Stars: Bela Lugosi, Robert Kent, Dorothy Arnold
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Cora and Matt have tons of money and have spent a lot just to be accepted into New York society. The problem is that New York society has very little money. Matt prefers lunch counters and ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Florey
Stars: Guy Kibbee, Zasu Pitts, Edward Everett Horton
Musical | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  

Chuck Stevens(William Lundigan), a sailor who is allergic to women, receives a letter notifying him that he will inherit a large sum of money if he marries before his next birthday, Not ... See full summary »

Director: Albert S. Rogell
Stars: William Lundigan, Shirley Ross, Chick Chandler
Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

This movie opens in 1905, when showgirl and daughter of a deceased gambler Peggy Martin falls in love with Monte Van Tyle and breaks the news to lover Fiske that she is leaving him. She and... See full summary »

Director: Robert Florey
Stars: Kay Francis, Ricardo Cortez, Gene Raymond
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A con man must pass himself off as the owner of a château on the French Riviera when he is expected to host his estranged daughter's wedding.

Director: Wilhelm Thiele
Stars: Frank Morgan, Florence Rice, John Beal
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Frances Drake ...
Peggy Madison
Gail Patrick ...
Claire Woodward Smith
George Barbier ...
Jerome Hewitt
Ian Keith ...
E. Gordon Smith
...
Neil DuBeck / Joe Walker
...
Edwin Strange
Thomas E. Jackson ...
Detective McKane (as Thomas Jackson)
Jack Raymond ...
George Tyson
Colin Tapley ...
Studio Manager
...
Jack Rawlins
...
Karl Jennings
...
James Deley (as Franklin Farnum)
Lee Shumway ...
Chief of Police
Spencer Charters ...
Watchman
Edit

Storyline

A public relations man for a movie studio uses an early form of television to help solve a murder.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

SCREEN STAR MURDERED!...All Hollywood Thrown in an uproar!

Genres:

Mystery

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

28 February 1936 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El hombre sin rostro  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The movie being made within the movie has great similarities to "The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari." See more »

Connections

References The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920) See more »

Soundtracks

Promise with a Kiss
(uncredited)
Music by Charles Kisco
Lyrics by Leo Robin
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Behind-the-scenes mystery
18 June 2005 | by See all my reviews

This 1936 film from director Robert Florey is a return for him to the field of dark films, a path he almost started on early in his career. Florey did Murders in the Rue Morgue in 1932 as a consolation for being dropped from Frankenstein. In 1935 he directed The Florentine Dagger, another thriller. The Preview Murder Mystery was his most taut suspense film up to that date.

It is almost an ensemble piece with Reginald Denny and Frances Drake as the romantic leads, but there isn't much time for romance in this 60 minute murder mystery. What stands out most here is the editing. There are simply a TON of shots in this film. I don't think there is a single shot that lasts more than 10 seconds. Florey gives us every angle and many points of view for each scene and there are many short scenes so that if you get up to go to the bathroom, you'll miss a good chunk of the details. It's a pretty simple plot, but with many twists. An actor is threatened to be murdered before the preview of the movie he is shooting. After the screening he is found dead and the actress and director are next on the murderer's wish list.

Ian Keith puts in a nice turn as the suspicious director. Rod LaRoque is good early as the doomed lead actor. Gail Patrick basically gets to look beautiful and Denny and Drake make a decent team, but they just don't have too much to do. This is really a director's piece and Florey makes the most of all of his opportunities. He even gets to do a mock horror film scene late in the movie that looks good, and there is a comedy scene of another film being shot on a different stage with Chester Conklin in a cameo. Curios they are, but these are gratuitous, and unfortunately almost kill the pace of this movie just as we are about to reach the conclusion. All in all though, a nice way to spend an hour for classic mystery buffs.


6 of 6 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss The Preview Murder Mystery (1936) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?