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Murder at 3am (1953)

Not Rated | | Drama | 1955 (USA)
A police detective suspects that his sister's boyfriend is a murderer.


Francis Searle


John Ainsworth (original story), John Ainsworth | 1 more credit »




Complete credited cast:
Dennis Price ... Inspector Peter Lawton
Peggy Evans ... Joan Lawton
Rex Garner Rex Garner ... Sgt. Bill Todd
Arnold Bell Arnold Bell ... McMann
Greta Mayaro Greta Mayaro ... Lena
Philip Saville Philip Saville ... Edward King / Jim King
Leonard Sharp Leonard Sharp ... Old Skip
Nora Gordon Nora Gordon ... Nanna
Renee Goddard Renee Goddard ... Lady Branstead
Arthur Lovegrove Arthur Lovegrove ... Inspector Cobb
Daphne Maddox Daphne Maddox ... Victim
Robert Weeden Robert Weeden ... Constable


There have been a series of murders of young women, and the police commissioner is demanding results from the detectives. A common feature is that they all took place at 3 am, and the victims were leaving clubs whose names seem to follow a pattern -- P, L, A, Y - What next? But then an aged waterman puts the detectives on to another common factor -- the dates were all of high tide on the River Thames. A woman is set up as a decoy at a club on the next expected date, but she is taken away by taxi without incident. Without incident, that is, until it is reported that the taxi was stolen earlier. Will the detectives find her, and the killer, in time? Written by Hazel Freeman

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In The End, A Dully Melodramatic Mystery
24 February 2021 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Police inspector Dennis Price is called on to investigate a string of murders. The victims are women, their jewelry and cash is taken, and the murders always take place about 3AM. As the investigation advances, he comes to believe the perpetrator is Philip Saville, the boyfriend of his sister, Peggy Evans.

It's a cheap quota quicky directed by uninspired director Francis Searle. Price doesn't offer much in the way of an interesting performance. He is too unemotional and efficient, with no sign of brilliance, resulting in something like a procedural movie; it's a type of mystery that doesn't appeal to me. In addition, Eric Spear has provided an overwrought score performed on the organ that is downright annoying.

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1955 (USA) See more »

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Murder at 3 A.M. See more »

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