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The Murder Man (1935)

Passed | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | 12 July 1935 (USA)
When a crooked businessman is fatally shot, a hotshot New York newspaper reporter specializing in murder stories narrows in on the dead man's associate.

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Tim Whelan

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Tim Whelan (screen play), John C. Higgins (screen play) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Spencer Tracy ... Steve Grey
Virginia Bruce ... Mary Shannon
Lionel Atwill ... Captain Cole
Harvey Stephens ... Henry Mander
Robert Barrat ... Robins
James Stewart ... 'Shorty'
William Collier Sr. ... 'Pop' Grey
Bobby Watson ... Carey Booth
William Demarest ... 'Red' Maguire
John Sheehan ... Sweeney
Lucien Littlefield ... Peter Rafferty
George Chandler ... Sol Hertzberger
Fuzzy Knight ... 'Buck' Hawkins
Louise Henry ... Lillian Hopper
Robert Warwick ... Colville
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Storyline

Steve Grey, reporter for the Daily Star, has a habit of scooping all the other papers in town. When Henry Mander is investigated for the murder of his shady business partner, Grey is one step ahead of the police to the extent that he often dictates his story in advance of its actual occurrence. He leads the police through an 'open and shut' case resulting in Mander being tried, convicted and sentenced to death. Columnist Mary Shannon is in love with Steve but she sees him struggle greatly with his last story before Mander's execution. When she starts typing out the story from his recorded dictation, she realizes why. Written by Gary Jackson <garyjack5@cogeco.ca>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 July 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Crooked Alibi See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This film did well at the box office, earning MGM a profit of $184,000 ($3.3M in 2017) according to studio records. See more »

Quotes

Policeman: Hey! What's he doin' here?
Merry-Go-Round Operator: Sleeping. He staggered in here about 12 o'clock last night. Bought a whole roll of tickets and told me not to disturb him. I don't know who he is.
Policeman: I do. Hey, Grey. Wake up. Wake up!
Steve Grey: Ah. Hm...
Policeman: The whole force is lookin' for you.
Steve Grey: Ah. Where's the rest of them?
Policeman: Your boss wants ya. Some big racketeer named Halford was murdered last night.
Steve Grey: [groaning] So, that's it, huh? Alright. Oh. Thanks. Here.
[Hands tickets to policeman]
Steve Grey: Take a ride for yourself.
[...]
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"What does she see in that dipsomaniac?"
27 August 2015 | by utgard14See all my reviews

A man is murdered and hard-drinking reporter Spencer Tracy is on the story. Tracy specializes in murder cases, not only scooping other papers but often figuring out the cases before the police do. Here his investigation leads the police to the murdered man's shady business partner. I won't reveal more as this one has a dandy twist. If you haven't watched yet, I strongly recommend you avoid reading too much about this movie so you don't accidentally read any big spoilers.

Tracy's terrific in a complex role in this smart, fast-paced crime drama from MGM. It's notable today for being Jimmy Stewart's film debut (as a reporter named Shorty). Stewart's just one of the many good actors in the supporting cast, which includes Lionel Atwill, William Demarest, Robert Barrat, Harvey Stephens, George Chandler, and beautiful Virginia Bruce as the girl in love with Tracy. This is one that deserves some wider recognition. It's somewhat surprising it was made after the Code was in effect and surprising it was made at MGM. But then again, they made Fury the following year, which also starred Tracy and was grittier than their normal fare. It's worth a look for anyone who's a fan of '30s crime dramas and a must-see for Spencer Tracy fans.


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