Down 47,792 this week

Grief Street (1931)

Passed  -  Crime | Mystery | Romance  -  1 October 1931 (USA)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 5.2/10 from 27 users  
Reviews: 4 user

Alvin Merle, a womanizing Broadway matinée idol, is found strangled in his dressing room. The door is locked from the inside and there is no possible other way into the room. Merle is ... See full summary »



(story), (continuity)
0Check in

Watch Now

From $1.99 on Amazon Instant Video

Editors' Spotlight

Emmy Awards 2014

We have the winners, photos and more in our 2014 Emmys section.

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 1087 titles
created 02 Feb 2012
list image
a list of 132 titles
created 03 Mar 2013
a list of 103 titles
created 12 Mar 2013
a list of 6727 titles
created 8 months ago
a list of 119 titles
created 7 months ago

Related Items

Search for "Grief Street" on

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: Grief Street (1931)

Grief Street (1931) on IMDb 5.2/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Grief Street.


1 video »


Cast overview:
Barbara Kent ...
Jean Royce
John Holland ...
Jim Ryan
Dorothy Christy ...
Mrs. Alvin Merle aka Ethel Wynn
Crauford Kent ...
Alvin Merle
Pamela Gregory
James P. Burtis ...
Police Sgt. Jardine
Larry Steers ...
Ralph Burns
Lloyd Whitlock ...
Frank Murray
Lafe McKee ...
Michael - Stage Doorman
Creighton Hale ...
Raymond Largay ...
Police Capt. Blake (as Ray Largay)
Walt (as Arthur Brennan)


Alvin Merle, a womanizing Broadway matinée idol, is found strangled in his dressing room. The door is locked from the inside and there is no possible other way into the room. Merle is having an affair with his leading lady, while his wife, actress Ethel Wynn, appearing in another play in a theater around the corner, is doing the same with Frank Murray, the stage manager on Merle's play. Newspaper reporter Jim Ryan is investigating the case and meets Jean Royce, a young actress who had been fired from the play while in rehearsals. Everybody, including Michael, the old actor now relegated to being just a stage-doorman, has a motive. The explanation for the murder lies within the script of the play. Written by Les Adams <>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Crime | Mystery | Romance






Release Date:

1 October 1931 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Stage Whispers  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(RCA Photophone)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Hollywood made a bazillion films like this...and most were a bit better.
18 May 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

During the 1930s and 40s, Hollywood made one murder mystery after another--and almost all of these were low-budgeted B-movies. Some, such as the Charlie Chan and Falcon series were very good and the rest were a rather mixed lot. Few were excellent--but the films ran the gamut from awful to pretty good. "Grief Street" is one of the less distinguished murder mysteries--mostly because the writing was a bit too broad and obvious. The worst of it was having an annoying and offensive stutterer in the film for comic relief. It's hard to imagine that a multiple Oscar-winning guy like Walter Brennan would begin his distinguished career with crap like this!

As far as the murder goes, it's all laid out at the beginning of the film--perhaps too well. In other words, there isn't much suspense--you KNOW the guy is going to get killed and the basic formula is there with little to differentiate it from the rest apart from the god-awful stuttering guy and a few other broad performances! Not a total waste of time but an imminently skippable film, that's for sure.

0 of 0 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss Grief Street (1931) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: