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The Murder Man (1935)

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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

James Stewart spoke his first movie line in this film: "Hi, Joe." 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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Symphonia Pastoral
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Music by William Axt
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11 July 2001 | by eddie-83See all my reviews

I predict that when junk like Big Brother and The Weakest Link are gone and forgotten from our TV screens movies of the vintage and caliber of `The Murder Man' will still be providing us with superb entertainment.

I love these old thirties `Newspaper dramas' which probably culminated with the sublime `His Girl Friday' and this one stands up well despite lack of realism. Did New York papers really produce fresh editions all day long? Come to think of it perhaps they did in the days pre-TV.

I agree with the many judges who rate Spencer Tracy one of the greatest of all screen actors but feel he goes a bit over the top here, he certainly reined in his performances later. On the other hand James Stewart in his debut (?) appears fully formed with all the shy gawky charm which made him a star for the next fifty years already apparent.

`The Murder Man' is an excellent fast-moving film with a twist in the plot that I challenge you to pick. See this one if you can.


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