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Murder Is News (1937)

Approved | | Mystery | December 1937 (UK)
A radio reporter does a story on the infidelity and divorce of a wealthy and powerful businessman. The man invites the reporter to his mansion for a chat, but when he gets there, he finds ... See full summary »

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A radio reporter does a story on the infidelity and divorce of a wealthy and powerful businessman. The man invites the reporter to his mansion for a chat, but when he gets there, he finds that the businessman has been murdered--and that now he himself is on the killer's hit list. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Middling Mystery
25 November 2010 | by See all my reviews

Reporter solves murder! Yeah, it's another one of those.

Unlikable, rich, businessman Edgar Drake is murdered at his townhouse the night his wife, who plans to divorce him and marry Drake's high-powered lawyer, is to meet there with her son, who is worried what Drake might do now that her plans were just aired on a radio program.

I picked my suspect, stuck with him, and I was right. It's not a hard one to solve, though. The third act is pretty much standard fare with all the suspects gathered together by the reporter. A series of plot conveniences, clumsily scripted, are then used to hold it together and make it work. Production values aren't high. The story moves along briskly. The dialog isn't as bright as it is in other movies of this type like 'A Shriek in the Night' or 'Murder by Invitation', but I was never bored. The acting is mostly good, aside from Iris Meredith who is sometimes laughably bad.

John Hamilton, who plays the lawyer in the love triangle, is the Daily Planet reporter's chief suspect. Later in life Hamilton would play Perry White, the editor of another newspaper called the Daily Planet, in the 'Adventures of Superman' TV series.

I watched a copy I downloaded from The Internet Archive. It was of decent quality.


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