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Murder with Pictures (1936)

Approved | | Crime, Mystery | 25 September 1936 (USA)
Suspected crime boss Nate Girard beats a murder rap, and newspaper photographer Kent Murdock is on the story. Girard and lawyer Redfield throw a party for the news men where Murdock ... See full summary »


Charles Barton


George Harmon Coxe (screenplay), Sidney Salkow (screenplay) | 1 more credit »




Complete credited cast:
Lew Ayres ... Kent Murdock
Gail Patrick ... Meg Archer
Paul Kelly ... I.B. McGoogin
Benny Baker ... Phil Doane
Ernest Cossart ... Stanley Redfield
Onslow Stevens ... Nate Girard
Joyce Compton ... Hester Boone
Anthony Nace ... Joe Cusick
Joe Sawyer ... Inspector Bacon (as Joseph Sawyer)
Don Rowan ... Siki
Frank Sheridan ... Police Chief
Irving Bacon ... Keough
Purnell Pratt ... Editor


Suspected crime boss Nate Girard beats a murder rap, and newspaper photographer Kent Murdock is on the story. Girard and lawyer Redfield throw a party for the news men where Murdock romances a mystery woman who confronted Girard in front of him, but Murdock's fiance Hester shows up. After they return to his apartment, have a fight, and she leaves, the mystery woman slips in and begs for his help. Police Inspector Bacon and the cops show up, looking for the mystery woman; Murdock hides her. Murdock goes with the cops to discuss the murder the woman is suspected of. Bacon explains (in flashback) how some photographers were setting up a shot with Girard and Redfield. When the flashbulbs popped, Redfield keeled over dead and the woman, Meg Archer, fled while the newsmen ran out to phone their papers. The newsmen (who were rounded up later as thoroughly as possible) are taken into police custody, except for Murdock (who wasn't at the scene), who is given a cap on the sly by rival McGoogin.... Written by D Jensen, Indiana

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Forty Witnesses Saw the Killing, But Not One Could Pick the Killer! (Print Ad- Newark Sunday Call, ((Newark, NJ)) 6 December 1936)


Crime | Mystery


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Because of the Code, a change was made to explain, how Murdoch (Lew Ayres) was with his pants in the shower when Meg entered in there to hide from the police. See more »


At the newspaper photo shop department, when Meg comes looking for Murdock, she drops a key, presumably from Murdock's apartment. It was for Room 318, but in more than one shot, Murdock's apartment door clearly showed he lived in 315. See more »


Kent Murdock: Aw, come on. Skin back your ivories. You're as limp as spaghetti. You're the saddest group of courtroom victors I ever trained a lens on.
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Kinda Cute Mystery
3 September 2016 | by Rainey-DawnSee all my reviews

This is not one of the best mystery films from the 1930s - but it's not the worst. The film is kinda cute and kinda fun but nothing special - it's a run-of-the-mill, typical 1930s comedy-crime mystery (it's not tagged a comedy there is quite a bit of comedy in this film - in particular the shower scene).

Basically a murder was caught on film by one of the news photographers the question is: is it one of the photographers or one of the women in the room? Meg Archer being the prime suspect.

It's one of those okay afternoon type of films when nothing else is on or if you are just wanting something a little different to watch - but the film is nothing brag about.


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Release Date:

25 September 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Calibre ton 9 m.m. See more »

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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