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 »

Director:

Writers:

(story), (continuity)
Reviews

Watch Now

From $1.99 on Amazon Video

Videos

1 video »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Night World (1932)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Story of the goings-on at a Prohibition-era nightclub.

Director: Hobart Henley
Stars: Lew Ayres, Mae Clarke, Boris Karloff
24 Hours (1931)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A nightclub singer is carrying on an affair with a married man. When she is found murdered, her lover is suspected of the crime.

Director: Marion Gering
Stars: Clive Brook, Kay Francis, Miriam Hopkins
Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

The apparent hanging of a suicidal student is revealed to be murder, as he was already dead when the noose was placed around his neck, killed by a sharp needle that penetrated the back of his skull with great force.

Director: Charles Lamont
Stars: Charles Starrett, Robert Warwick, Edward Van Sloan
Indiscreet (1931)
Certificate: Passed Drama | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

A young woman jeopardizes the relationship with the man she loves when a no-account from her past shows up.

Director: Leo McCarey
Stars: Gloria Swanson, Ben Lyon, Monroe Owsley
Convicted (1931)
Certificate: Passed Mystery | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

Tony Blair, a producer of Broadway plays, is murdered on a California-bound passenger liner, and a series of events leads to an assumption that Claire Norvelle has committed the killing. ... See full summary »

Director: Christy Cabanne
Stars: Aileen Pringle, Jameson Thomas, Dorothy Christy
Certificate: Passed Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

The Assistant DA falls for mysterious Thelma when she seeks help solving robberies of her aunt's estate. He is suspicious of her, but weakened as he is love-stuck.

Director: Robert Siodmak
Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, Wendell Corey, Paul Kelly
Certificate: Passed Adventure | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

An airliner makes a forced landing at night in the desert. The passengers and crew take refuge in a nearby deserted house. Soon some of the passengers are found murdered, and one of the ... See full summary »

Director: Frank R. Strayer
Stars: Gene Morgan, Doris Hill, Glenn Tryon
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

People in an old, dark mansion are menaced by a maniac called "The Black Ace."

Director: Ray Enright
Stars: Chester Morris, Vivienne Osborne, Frank McHugh
Crime | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

The friendship between two orphans endures even though they grow up on opposite sides of the law and fall in love with the same woman.

Directors: W.S. Van Dyke, George Cukor
Stars: Clark Gable, William Powell, Myrna Loy
Hot Pepper (1933)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  
Director: John G. Blystone
Stars: Edmund Lowe, Lupe Velez, Victor McLaglen
Hell Harbor (1930)
Certificate: Passed Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Lovely Anita dreams of escaping the monotony of her island home and sailing to bustling Havana. But when her abusive father promises her to the greasy local merchant, Anita does everything in her power to make her dream a reality.

Director: Henry King
Stars: Lupe Velez, Jean Hersholt, John Holland
Edit

Cast

Cast overview:
...
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 ...
Ted
Raymond Largay ...
Police Capt. Blake (as Ray Largay)
...
Walt (as Arthur Brennan)
Edit

Storyline

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 <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Certificate:

Passed
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

1 October 1931 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Stage Whispers  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(RCA Photophone)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Creighton Hale and Lillian Rich play an eloping couple in this film. A year later, they would play a squabbling husband and wife in Free Wheeling (1932). See more »

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.


2 of 3 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:
?