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Time Out for Murder (1938)

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A bank runner is accused of killing a woman for whom he deposited a large amount. Reporter and bank official investigate.


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Complete credited cast:
Margie Ross
Michael Whalen ...
Barney Callahan
Snapper Doolan
J.E. 'Dutch' Moran
Robert Kellard ...
Johnny Martin
Polly - Helen's Supervisor
Jean Rogers ...
Helen Thomas
June Gale ...
Muriel - The Apartment Switchboard Operator
Peggy Norton
Cliff Clark ...
Det. Capt. Collins
Henchman Blackie (as Peter Lynn)
Eddie Marr ...
Eddie Morelli -Henchman (as Edward Marr)
Lester Matthews ...
Uncle Phillip Gregory


A bank runner is accused of killing a woman for whom he deposited a large amount. Reporter and bank official investigate. Written by Ed Stephan <>

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The screen's most baffling murder mystery...with the telephone time-signal an air-tight...and it takes The Roving Reporters to smash it! (original print ad) See more »


Crime | Mystery





Release Date:

25 September 1938 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Meridian 7-1212  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Followed by While New York Sleeps (1938) See more »

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This spawned two sequels?
16 June 2011 | by (Glen Cove, New York) – See all my reviews

Time Out for Murder is the first of three mysteries about a reporter, his photographer and the repo girl who is assigned to get his trombone back (don't ask). They get sucked into the case of a woman supposedly killed by a bank messenger who is in love with a woman who tells the time on the phone (hey it's from 1938).

I don't think the plot makes a great deal of sense. You can kind of figure who is behind part of it instantly because of what he is supposed to have said about the accused alibi. But the film makes things even more complicated by adding a second villain to the mix. It allows for some interesting bits towards the end but mostly it really seems like it was thrown is so things weren't so obvious.

Over all the film is more a distraction rather than anything of substance. I came I saw I moved on to the next thing.

I can't believe that there are two more films in the series.

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