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Murder in the Music Hall (1946)

Approved | | Crime, Music, Mystery | 10 April 1946 (USA)
Lila Leighton, the lovely ice ballerina, meets Carl Lang, former ice-show producer, at his New York City penthouse apartment. Lia refuses Lang's offer to star in his new Music Hall Ice Show... See full summary »

Director:

John English

Writers:

Frances Hyland (screenplay), László Görög (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Vera Ralston ... Lila Laughton (as Vera Hruba Ralston)
William Marshall ... Don Jordan
Helen Walker ... Millicent
Nancy Kelly ... Mrs. Rita Morgan
William Gargan ... Inspector Wilson
Ann Rutherford ... Gracie
Julie Bishop ... Diane
Jerome Cowan ... George Morgan
Edward Norris ... Carl Lang
Jack La Rue ... Bruce Wilton
Frank Orth ... Henderson - Stage Manager
Fay McKenzie ... Singer in Mom's Cafe
Paul Hurst ... Hobarth
James Craven James Craven ... Mr. Winters
Ilka Grüning ... Mom
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Storyline

Lila Leighton, the lovely ice ballerina, meets Carl Lang, former ice-show producer, at his New York City penthouse apartment. Lia refuses Lang's offer to star in his new Music Hall Ice Show. Back at the Music Hall, Lila discovers she has left her purse at Lang's apartment and returns there, and is followed by orchestra-leader Don Jordan. There, they discover that Carl has been stabbed to death. Gracie, Lila's understudy, has also followed them there and helps them remove traces of Lila's visit. They also find a pair of kid-gloves, and the laundry mark leads Don to Rita Morgan, wealthy socialite, wife of George Morgan, and Rita turns out to be a former ice-skating star for Carl Lang's Music Hall shows. Rita admits to being in Lang's apartment but says he was in excellent health when she left, and says she passed no one except a blind man. Don and Lila discover that the 'blind man' was really Rita's husband, George Morgan, who claims he used the disguise in order to trail and protect ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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ONLY LOVE LIKE THEIRS - Could lead to a crime like this! (original poster) See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 April 1946 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Midnight Melody See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (1951 re-release)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Soundtracks

Lead, Kindly Light
(uncredited)
Words by John Henry Newman
Music by John B. Dykes
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Keep that new tune to yourself
11 February 2012 | by AAdaSCSee all my reviews

Ice-skating headliner Vera Ralston (Lila) is being blackmailed to quit her show and team up with ex-partner Edward Norris (Carl). Norris is stabbed and dies after a meeting with her and Ralston is in a sticky situation. Her current boyfriend William Marshall (Don) sets about solving the mystery.

We are introduced to a cast of characters and one of them is a murderer. The cast are fine in this story set in a music-hall environment. We get to watch some ice-skating performances which is pleasant enough - nothing too special - while the story develops between performances. I must give credit to these girls who run around and chase after clues within their own appearances within the same show! Wow. Anyway, the film is a murder mystery that starts to go off the rails a bit when we focus on the 'blind man' character. At this point, the audience just wants to wrap up the proceedings - just tell us who did it. Unfortunately, the sound quality of the film is poor.


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