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The relatives of a millionaire--the victim of a mysterious murder--get together at his house to search for his will, which he recorded on a record. However, one of them is actually the person who killed him, and will let nothing--or no one--stand in the way of finding that record. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Fun genre spoof
28 May 2016 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

A SHOT IN THE DARK is a riotous spoof of the classic 'old dark house' murder mysteries. It features exaggerated situations, larger-than-life characters, and amusing dialogue as it sends up the genre while providing fitful mystery antics for viewers of the era. I could almost imagine Columbo himself sitting back and getting a laugh out of this one!

The plot involves a miserly old man who is shot to death in his own bed one night during a storm. One of his assembled associates and family members did it, but which? A record gives away the identity of the murderer, but it is stolen before the name can be listened to. It takes an old reverend who's a friend of the family to get to the bottom of the mystery.

I thought A SHOT OF THE DARK provided a workable enough comedy given the low budget nature of the film. I like the unusual protagonist, the kindly reverend who knows more than he lets on. The supporting cast is full of clichéd characters: the young, star-crossed lovers (incuding a youthful Jack Hawkins), the comedian, the curmudgeonly elder, the waspish aunt. The way each of their stories is processed in turn is well staged and there's a hilarious action scene right at the climax if you've stayed with it that long.


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