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Death at a Broadcast (1934)

Death at Broadcasting House (original title)
When an actor is murdered at the BBC Inspector Gregory finds he has many suspects to choose from.

Director:

Reginald Denham

Writers:

Basil Mason (adapted by), Val Gielgud (novel) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ian Hunter ... Detective Inspector Gregory
Austin Trevor ... Leopold Dryden
Lilian Oldland Lilian Oldland ... Joan Dryden (as Mary Newland)
Henry Kendall ... Rodney Fleming
Val Gielgud Val Gielgud ... Julian Caird
Peter Haddon Peter Haddon ... Guy Bannister
Betty Ann Davies ... Poppy Levine (as Betty Davies)
Jack Hawkins ... Herbert Evans
Donald Wolfit ... Sydney Parsons
Robert Rendel ... Sir Herbert Farquharson
Gordon McLeod Gordon McLeod ... Chief Commissioner
Hannen Swaffer Hannen Swaffer ... Hannen Swaffer - Radio Personality
Vernon Bartlett Vernon Bartlett ... Vernon Bartlett - News Broadcaster
Eric Dunstan Eric Dunstan ... Eric Dunstan - Radio Personality
Gillie Potter Gillie Potter ... Gillie Potter - Radio Personality
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Storyline

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 Steven Bain

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murder | radio | based on novel | See All (3) »

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Mystery

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 October 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Death at a Broadcast See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Phoenix Films (II) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Natural Tone Silent Background Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Quotes

Rodney Fleming: [to the lift-man] I'm looking for Variety.
lift-man: That's eight floors down.
Rodney Fleming: But I've just come eight floors up!
lift-man: Then it'll be sixteen floors down.
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Soundtracks

Lazy Lady
(uncredited)
Written by Ord Hamilton
Sung by Elisabeth Welch
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Not great, but not bad
7 April 2012 | by jonfrum2000See all my reviews

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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