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Hollywood Stadium Mystery (1938)

Approved | | Mystery, Romance, Sport | 21 February 1938 (USA)
A boxer is killed in the ring, and the only clue is a tune that a man was whistling.


David Howard


Stuart Palmer (story and screenplay), Dorrell McGowan (screenplay) | 1 more credit »




Cast overview:
Neil Hamilton ... Bill Devons
Evelyn Venable ... Pauline Ward
Jimmy Wallington Jimmy Wallington ... Nick Nicholls
Barbara Pepper ... Althea Ames
Lucien Littlefield ... Watchman
Lynne Roberts ... Edna Mayberry (as Lynn Roberts)
Charles Williams Charles Williams ... Jake
James Spottswood ... Albert 'Slats' Keefe
Reed Hadley ... Ralph Mortimer
Robert Homans ... Captain Joseph Filsom
William Haade ... Tommy Madison - the Champ
Pat Flaherty ... Ace Cummings
Dan Tobey Dan Tobey ... Announcer Dan Tobey
Al Bain ... Max (as Al Bayne)
Smiley Burnette ... Smiley Burnette


A boxer is killed in the ring, and the only clue is a tune that a man was whistling.

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Ringside seats for a crime!


Mystery | Romance | Sport


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Did You Know?


A six-sheet poster from Gene Autry's 1936 film "Comin' Round the Mountain" is seen on a building while Evelyn Venable and Neil Hamilton are riding in a taxicab. Republic, more than most studios were fond of displaying posters from their films on buildings seen in many of their films, but this one (with its song-title) provided the clue needed to find and trap the killer in the film. See more »


Jake: Now that's a great idea, why don't we get married? That way you can save my 10%.
Pauline Ward: And you can keep my 90%, no thanks.
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References Comin' 'Round the Mountain (1936) See more »


The Old Gray Mare
American folk song
[Partly played by band at fight]
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A bit ragged here and there, but otherwise very, very good for a B-movie.
29 November 2010 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

My score of 7 is relative to other B-movies. "Hollywood Stadium Mystery" is much better than average for a low-budget B-film, as it has wonderful chemistry between the two leads (Neil Hamilton and Evelyn Venable). Plus, it's pretty good as a mystery.

The film starts off with a really neat set of opening credits--very creative and it caught my attention. Then, I noticed early on that there were several very good false alarms that caught the viewer off guard. I love it when I am surprised when I see a film! The film is essentially a romance AND a murder mystery--and I am sure this combination is a bit unusual to say the least! The District Attorney (Hamilton) and playwright (Venable) both investigate a crime that occurred at the arena just before a boxing match began--and both of our heroes have a friendly wager as to which one will solve the crime. The interplay of these two was very nice and didn't appear like what you'd expect in a B--it was very witty and fun. As for the mystery, it's not bad but clearly secondary to these two characters.

There is only one major qualm about the film--and it's clearly a sad product of the times. One lady wants to hide from the police so she puts on black-face!! Uggh!! But, this sort of thing wasn't far from the norm in those old days, so it's something you'll have to look past--understanding the context of the times.

If you are interested in seeing this film, follow the link on IMDb and download it for free. You'll enjoy it for what it is--a nice little B-movie with a bit extra when it comes to writing.

really neat opening credits lots of early false alarms Smiley Burnett black-face

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Release Date:

21 February 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Crimen en Hollywood See more »

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Production Co:

Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor High Fidelity Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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