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The Studio Murder Mystery (1929)

Passed | | Crime, Mystery | 1 June 1929 (USA)
Philandering actor Richard Hardell is murdered at a movie studio. His jealous wife Blanche, his director Rupert Borka, and a girl he mistreated, Helen MacDonald, all have substantial ... See full summary »

Director:

Frank Tuttle

Writers:

A. Channing Edington (based on magazine serial) (as The Edingtons), Carmen Ballen Edington (based on magazine serial) (as The Edingtons) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Neil Hamilton ... Tony White
Doris Hill ... Helen MacDonald
Warner Oland ... Rupert Borka
Fredric March ... Richard Hardell
Chester Conklin ... George (Studio Gateman)
Florence Eldridge ... Blanche Hardell
Guy Oliver ... MacDonald - the Studio Watchman
Donald MacKenzie ... Captain Coffin
Gardner James ... Ted MacDonald
Eugene Pallette ... Detective Lieutenant Dirk
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Storyline

Philandering actor Richard Hardell is murdered at a movie studio. His jealous wife Blanche, his director Rupert Borka, and a girl he mistreated, Helen MacDonald, all have substantial reasons for having wanted him dead. Written by Anonymous

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WHO KILLED THE MOST POPULAR STAR IN HOLLYWOOD? (Print ad-The Hutt News,((Lower Hutt, N. Z.)) 24 April 1930)

Genres:

Crime | Mystery

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Trivia

Florence Eldridge and Fredric March were married to each other. They were married from May 30, 1927 until his death on April 24, 1975. See more »

Quotes

Rupert Borka: No, no, no. That is terrible. Get up.
Richard Hardell: Well, what's the matter?
Rupert Borka: Matter? Well you cannot act. That is all. You do not feel it; you do not think it. Bah!
Richard Hardell: Want me to try again?
Rupert Borka: What for? I told you all week that you cannot act. Then I thought maybe if we came here and rehearsed here alone tonight... but it is useless. Why that dummy has more feeling than you.
Richard Hardell: Ohhh
[throws dummy out of chair and onto floor]
Richard Hardell: Now look here, Borka. Why don't you play ball? You agreed to give this part to the winner of that ...
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References The Benson Murder Case (1930) See more »

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Interesting look at Paramount lot in 1929
10 December 2007 | by malcolmgswSee all my reviews

This is a very interesting look at the Paramount lot in 1929.In the film within a film inside the studio the "film" being made is clearly a silent.The camearmen are cranking their cameras by hand and there is a small orchestra to give mood music to the actors.However on the back lot they are making a sound film as is apparent from the man at a control board.Much of the early action takes place by the famous main gate.Beyond this the copy that i have is from a rather battered print,so it is hard at times to make out what the actors are saying.It is a typical whodunit from the early talkie days with a very young Frederick March.Worth viewing for its historic interest.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 June 1929 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric System)| Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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