A pseudo-documentary in style with an emphasis on the daily work and routine of women police built around three different story lines. The first involves 18-year-old Bridget Foster (Peggy ... See full summary »
Ronnie, earning very little from his own exploits, gathers together a band of villains to carry out a robbery on 'The Flying Scotsman' passenger train. The train is carrying withdrawn bank notes from Scotland to London to be destroyed.
When a local bully is found shot to death, the police suspect a young man who had recently been seen arguing with him. When thy discover that they had been arguing over the affections of a ... See full summary »
A radio actor is murdered live on air. Enter Detective Inspector Gregory suspicious of both cast and crew. The victim it's discovered had many enemies. The hunt to unmask the killer quickly ensues. Enjoyable romp through pre-war 1930's BBC Broadcasting House and London with a flavour here and there of the music, fashion and architecture of the times.Written by
This film received its earliest documented USA telecasts in Los Angeles Sunday 16 October 1949 on KFI (Channel 9) and in New York City Saturday 11 February 1950 on WPIX (Channel 11). See more »
[to the lift-man]
I'm looking for Variety.
That's eight floors down.
But I've just come eight floors up!
Then it'll be sixteen floors down.
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I always give early-1930s movies the benefit of the doubt, and I'm doing so here. An actor working alone in a radio studio room is murdered while reading his lines (in which his character is murdered). Someone in the studio building at the time killed him, but whom? There are only a few possible culprits, and most aren't very well defined characters. A few years later, this probably could have been a very good movie, but it's barely passable here. I suspect much of the appeal of this film when it was released came from the behind-the-scenes look at a working radio studio, with actors in multiple rooms, and orchestra in another, and crew in still others. You even get a song and a dance number, although the appeal of a dance number on radio, including dancers in full costume, escapes me.
If you enjoy 1930s crime/mysteries, then this is worth a watch. The detective doesn't define himself particularly well, but the genre plays out reasonably true to form. I gave it a 6 for slightly better than average.
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