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Murder on a Honeymoon (1935)

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 »


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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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Release Date:

22 February 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Puzzle of the Pepper Tree See more »

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RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The plane at the beginning of the film flying to Catalina is a Douglas Dolphin 114, registration NC14204. It was one of four airplanes in the Wilmington-Catalina Airlines fleet at the time. It was handed over to the Army in September 1942 and subsequently shipped to Australia. On July 29, 1943 it crashed at Rose Bay, NSW, Australia and was stripped for parts. Only 58 of all variants of the Dolphin were made. 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 »


Oscar Piper: Well, where's the corpse?
Hildegarde Withers: [Faking befuddlement] Now let me see - what did I do with that corpse? Oh, the police station! Come on, Oscar!
Oscar Piper: Just a minute, it'll keep until after lunch, won't it?
Hildegarde Withers: Well, I hope so.
Oscar Piper: I never look at a corpse on an empty stomach. Com'on.
Hildegarde Withers: Hmmmm.
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I never look at a corpse on an empty stomach
26 January 2014 | by utgard14See all my reviews

Another fun Hildegarde Withers mystery starring the great Edna May Oliver. This is the third and final Withers film starring Oliver. She would be replaced by two other actresses in the other films. Those don't match up to the Oliver entries in the series but are watchable. The plot here is about Hildy flying on a plane when one of the passengers is mysteriously killed. When the plane lands Hildy wastes no time starting her investigation. She contacts Inspector Piper (James Gleason), who quickly comes to help. Oliver and Gleason are terrific, as always. Their banter and chemistry is the primary reason to watch these movies. Nice cast includes Leo G. Carroll and the lovely Lola Lane. Willie Best also appears in one of his stereotypical parts that will make some modern viewers uncomfortable.

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