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Jerome Cady (screenplay)
Irving Reis (original story)
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Release Date:
25 September 1938 (USA) See more »
DEATH STRIKES...WITH TIME THE ONLY WITNESS! (original poster-all caps) See more »
A bank runner is accused of killing a woman for whom he deposited a large amount. Reporter and bank official investigate. See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Gloria Stuart ... Margie Ross
Michael Whalen ... Barney Callahan

Chick Chandler ... Snapper Doolan

Douglas Fowley ... J.E. 'Dutch' Moran
Robert Kellard ... Johnny Martin

Jane Darwell ... Polly - Helen's Supervisor
Jean Rogers ... Helen Thomas
June Gale ... Muriel - The Apartment Switchboard Operator

Ruth Hussey ... Peggy Norton
Cliff Clark ... Det. Capt. Collins

George Lynn ... Henchman Blackie (as Peter Lynn)
Eddie Marr ... Eddie Morelli -Henchman (as Edward Marr)
Lester Matthews ... Uncle Phillip Gregory
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Brooks Benedict ... Reporter (uncredited)
Stanley Blystone ... Detective at Johnny's Grilling (uncredited)
Charles D. Brown ... Max - City Editor (uncredited)
Chick Collins ... Guard (uncredited)
Ralph Dunn ... Brady - Policeman (uncredited)
James Flavin ... Police Sergeant at Roundup (uncredited)
Edward Gargan ... Apartment Doorman (uncredited)
Al Hill ... Joey - Eddie's Accomplice (uncredited)
Otto Hoffman ... Clock Maker Checking Time (uncredited)
Hamilton MacFadden ... One of the Reporters (uncredited)
Pat McKee ... Second Furniture Repo Man (uncredited)
Frank Moran ... First Furniture Repo Man (uncredited)
Forbes Murray ... Businessman Checking Time (uncredited)
Virginia Sale ... Homely Time-Girl Replacement (uncredited)
Harry Semels ... Bartender (uncredited)
Emmett Vogan ... Police Radio Dispatcher (uncredited)
Max Wagner ... Tall Thin Sailor Checking Time (uncredited)
Billy Wayne ... Short Fat Sailor Pal (uncredited)

Ben Welden ... Lefty (uncredited)

Directed by
H. Bruce Humberstone 
Writing credits
Jerome Cady (screenplay) (as Jerry Cady)

Irving Reis (original story)

Produced by
Howard J. Green .... associate producer
Sol M. Wurtzel .... executive producer
Cinematography by
Virgil Miller 
Film Editing by
Jack Murray 
Art Direction by
Chester Gore 
Bernard Herzbrun 
Costume Design by
Herschel McCoy 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
J. Gordon Cooper .... assistant director
Sound Department
Joseph E. Aiken .... sound
William H. Anderson .... sound
Music Department
Samuel Kaylin .... musical director
Crew believed to be complete

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61 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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References Josette (1938)See more »


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This spawned two sequels?, 16 June 2011
Author: dbborroughs from Glen Cove, New York

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

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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