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Murder on a Honeymoon (1935)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama, Mystery | 22 February 1935 (USA)
A schoolteacher and amateur sleuth suspects foul play when a fellow passenger on a sea-plane gets sick and dies.


Lloyd Corrigan


Seton I. Miller (screenplay), Robert Benchley (screenplay) | 1 more credit »




Complete credited cast:
Edna May Oliver ... Hildegarde Withers
James Gleason ... Inspector Oscar Piper
Lola Lane ... Phyllis La Font
George Meeker ... Tom Kelsey, Alias Roswell T. Forrest
Dorothy Libaire ... Kay Deving
Harry Ellerbe ... Marvin Deving (as Harry Ellerbee)
Chick Chandler ... Dick French
Willie Best ... Willie (as Sleep 'n' Eat)
Leo G. Carroll ... Joseph B. Tate
DeWitt Jennings ... Captain Beegle
Spencer Charters ... Chief Of Police Britt
Arthur Hoyt ... Dr. O'Rourke
Matt McHugh Matt McHugh ... Madden
Morgan Wallace ... McArthur aka Arthur Mack
Brooks Benedict ... Roswell T. Forrest


On vacation, schoolteacher/detective Miss Withers flies to Catalina Island; on landing, a passenger is found mysteriously dead. With local authorities unwilling to make waves over a natural (they hope) death, Miss Withers interests her old friend Inspector Piper in the case; for reasons of his own, he flies out to take over the investigation. He should know better than to try taking over from Miss Withers... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Shiver and Shake while you Giggle and Quake (Print Ad-Greenfield Recorder-Gazette ((Greenfield, Mass.)) 22 February 1935)


Comedy | Drama | Mystery


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An interesting note. When Oscar arrives on Catalina Island he tells a suspect: Oscar Piper, NYPD. He does not have any jurisdiction. He eventually tells the local police. See more »


A shoe with a "K" carved on the heel would leave an impression with the "K" reversed. The "K" in the heel print in the movie is not reversed, showing that it's not really a heel print. See more »


Hildegarde Withers: [Surprised by Oscar's sudden surprising appearance on Catalina by sneaking up behind her] Oscar Piper!
Oscar Piper: Little moments from the lives of great detectives - Hildegarde, ya get screwier every day.
Hildegarde Withers: Come all the way from New York just to be stupid in new surroundings?
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Followed by A Very Missing Person (1972) See more »


The Wedding March
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Hummed by Brooks Benedict
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Can't Get Away From Murder
14 November 2010 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Murder On A Honeymoon finds Edna May Oliver on holiday to Catalina Island where on the small plane she's traveling on, a witness in a mob case from New York is poisoned. The case piques the interest of Oliver's old friend Inspector James Gleason of the NYPD for him to come out and help the Catalina PD.

In these three films Edna May is a virtual stand-in for Agatha Christie's Miss Jane Marple who is constantly making fools of the police wherever they may be. But she and Gleason have a really effective chemistry in the three films they did. Sad to say Edna May did not want to continue the series. She and Gleason would have been a great weekly series in the age of television.

Murder On A Honeymoon may have been the best of the three films because based on the other two, I thought I had the perpetrator all picked out. But I was completely wrong and I think other viewers will fall in the same trap. Two other murders occur before Gleason and Oliver finally figure it out. By the way the clue here is in how the crime was committed. And a big red herring is also served up for the audience to convince you of the perpetrator's apparent innocence.

Even on vacation it seems as though Edna May's Hildegarde Withers can't get away from murder.

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Release Date:

22 February 1935 (USA) See more »

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Puzzle of the Pepper Tree See more »

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RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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