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A Tragedy at Midnight (1942)

Passed | | Comedy, Crime, Mystery | 2 February 1942 (USA)
This Republic murder mystery starts with a radio broadcast by Greg Sherman who solves cases on the air that the local police cannot solve. As he names the perpetrator of a recent murder we ... See full summary »


Joseph Santley


Isabel Dawn (screenplay), Hal Hudson (original story) | 1 more credit »




Complete credited cast:
John Howard ... Greg Sherman
Margaret Lindsay ... Beth Sherman
Roscoe Karns ... Det. Lt. Cassidy
Mona Barrie ... Alta Wilton
Keye Luke ... Ah Foo
Hobart Cavanaugh ... Charles Miller
Paul Harvey ... Landeck
Lilian Bond ... Lola
Miles Mander ... Dr. Hilary Wilton
William Newell William Newell ... Swanson, Greg's Agent
Wendell Niles Wendell Niles ... Show Announcer
Archie Twitchell ... Henry Carney


This Republic murder mystery starts with a radio broadcast by Greg Sherman who solves cases on the air that the local police cannot solve. As he names the perpetrator of a recent murder we see the criminal, who is listening to the show, become alarmed and start to make his escape. The scene shifts to the police department where the chief, fearing for his job, assigns officers to get something, anything, on Sherman and get him off the air. Meanwhile, Greg and his pretty wife Beth are parting company. He's going to a party and she's going to visit her pregnant sister in the hospital. The next morning Greg wakes up and nudges his sleeping wife. When she doesn't respond, he pulls off the covers and finds not his wife but a strange woman, dead and with the murder knife still sticking up out of her back. While he's still recovering from the shock, Beth walks into the bedroom. Thinking that she has discovered her husband with another woman, she leaves and calls the police. The police are ... Written by Jim

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Release Date:

2 February 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ao Bater da Meia-Noite See more »

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Technical Specs



Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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A nitrate print of this film survives in the UCLA Film and Television Archives, and is not listed for preservation. See more »

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A radio detective and his wife anger the police by solving crimes before they do.
20 January 2009 | by stltapeSee all my reviews

"A Tragedy AT MIDNIGHT" was a very entertaining mystery romance. John Howard and Margaret Lindsay made a great romantic detective team. Keye Luke, was also good as their ingenious servant, always on the spot to get them out of trouble.They were always one step ahead of the police in solving crimes and broadcasting solutions of crimes on their radio program, thereby frustrating the police who then wanted to get them off the air by finding something they could be arrested for.this appeared to be solved when our hero woke up one morning and found a woman with a knife in her back in his wife's bed.They then proceed to unravel the mystery. In some ways this picture is similar to the Thin Man series.

I had a VHS copy of this film that I made off the air but the tape oxide eventually went bad. I hope the last remaining copy on nitrate based film is restored before the nitrate turns to powder. it would be a shame if the picture were lost.

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