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The Roadhouse Murder (1932)

Passed | | Thriller | 6 May 1932 (USA)
To gain fame, a reporter arranges to be suspected of murder.


J. Walter Ruben


Maurice Level (novel), J. Walter Ruben (screenplay) | 2 more credits »


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Complete credited cast:
Dorothy Jordan ... Mary Agnew
Eric Linden ... Chick Brian
Purnell Pratt ... Inspector William Agnew
Roscoe Ates ... Edmund Joyce (as Rosco Ates)
David Landau ... Kraft
Bruce Cabot ... Fred Dykes
Phyllis Clare ... Louise Rand
Gustav von Seyffertitz ... Charles Spengler (as Gustav Von Seyffertitz)
Roscoe Karns ... Jeff Dale
William Morris ... Judge
Frank Sheridan ... District Attorney
Carl Gerard ... Defense Attorney


Chick Brian, overeager cub reporter, is stranded during a storm with his girlfriend Mary at the remote Lame Dog Inn. As Mary says, 'What a creepy place!' Soon, they're alone in the house with the victims of a double murder...and Chick has the silly idea of incriminating himself (hiding evidence of his innocence for later) to gain journalistic fame. Things go wrong and the electric chair looms... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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(1930) (uncredited)
Written by Harry Ruby
Lyrics by Bert Kalmar
Hummed by uncredited bathing blonde
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Beyond a Reasonable Doubt for the brain dead
25 September 2015 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

Oh, where to even start with this sad B movie.

An ambitious young reporter who wants to get married and provide for his wife gets caught in a downpour with his fiancée. They duck into an inn. Hearing noise, they find someone in the next room dead, as well as the guy who let them in. The killer was a guy looking for money, and he had a woman with him -- they find the money, but she leaves her purse behind with her name and address inside.

The reporter sets himself up as the murderer, but gives his fiancée the purse to keep to prove his innocence. He calls in the murder anonymously and then sends reports in of how it feels to be hiding and on the run from the cops.

Eric Linden plays the idiot reporter who apparently never heard of hard work rather than schemes, and Dorothy Jordan, who is in for a life of misery if she marries this guy, is his fiancée.

This was Bruce Cabot's first credited film, and soon after, he saved Fay Wray from King Kong.

The film will remind some of the Fritz Lang film, "Beyond a Reasonable Doubt," which I happen to love. It will remind you of it, and then, hopefully, you will forget the comparison since there really isn't one.

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6 May 1932 (USA) See more »

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RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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