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The Murder Party (1935)

The Night of the Party (original title)
A major newspaper publisher dies in suspicious circumstances during a parlour game at a dinner party. The publishers secretary is the obvious suspect, but the Inspector isn't so sure ...

Director:

Michael Powell

Writers:

Roland Pertwee (dialogue), Roland Pertwee (play) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Malcolm Keen ... Lord Studholme
Jane Baxter ... Peggy Studholme / Kennion
Leslie Banks ... Sir John Holland
Ian Hunter ... Guy Kennion
Viola Keats Viola Keats ... Joan Holland
Ernest Thesiger ... Chiddiatt
Jane Millican Jane Millican ... Anna Chiddiatt
W. Graham Brown W. Graham Brown ... Gen. Piddington (as W. Graham Browne)
Muriel Aked Muriel Aked ... Princess Maria Amelia
Gerald Barry Gerald Barry ... Baron Cziatch
Cecil Ramage ... Howard Vernon
John Turnbull ... Insp. Ramage
Lawrence Anderson ... Defending Counsel (as Laurence Anderson)
Louis Goodrich Louis Goodrich ... The Judge
Disney Roebuck Disney Roebuck ... Butler
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A major newspaper publisher dies in suspicious circumstances during a parlour game at a dinner party. The publishers secretary is the obvious suspect, but the Inspector isn't so sure ... Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 July 1935 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

The Murder Party See more »

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Budget:

GBP12,500 (estimated)
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B.A.F. Sound System

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This film was believed lost, but a copy was found and was shown at the NFT in London in March 2000. See more »

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The Death of the Party
21 March 2017 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Michael Powell was still working his way up the ranks of director with this film. Malcolm Keen is a rich man who invites a bunch of guests, all of whom have cause to want him dead, first to a party, then to a game called "Murder".... and winds up dead. It's from a stage play co-written by Roland Pertwee, and shows its origins very clearly, despite the agile camera-work of Glen McWilliams.

Although this one-hour mystery is clearly a lesser production, it boasts a good cast, including Ian Hunter, Leslie Banks and an always amusing Ernest Thesiger. Although Michael clearly did not have the budget or time to do much more than produce a good programmer with this one, it would be only two years later that he directed his breakthrough THE EDGE OF THE WORLD, and four until he began his great collaborations with Emeric Pressburger.


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