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Grief Street (1931)

Alvin Merle, a womanizing Broadway matinée idol, is found strangled in his dressing room. The door is locked from the inside and there is no possible other way into the room. Merle is ... See full summary »

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Cast overview:
... Jean Royce
... Jim Ryan
... Mrs. Alvin Merle aka Ethel Wynn
... Alvin Merle
... Pamela Gregory
James P. Burtis ... Police Sgt. Jardine
... Ralph Burns
Lloyd Whitlock ... Frank Murray
... Michael - Stage Doorman
... Ted
Raymond Largay ... Police Capt. Blake (as Ray Largay)
... Walt (as Arthur Brennan)
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Alvin Merle, a womanizing Broadway matinée idol, is found strangled in his dressing room. The door is locked from the inside and there is no possible other way into the room. Merle is having an affair with his leading lady, while his wife, actress Ethel Wynn, appearing in another play in a theater around the corner, is doing the same with Frank Murray, the stage manager on Merle's play. Newspaper reporter Jim Ryan is investigating the case and meets Jean Royce, a young actress who had been fired from the play while in rehearsals. Everybody, including Michael, the old actor now relegated to being just a stage-doorman, has a motive. The explanation for the murder lies within the script of the play. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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1 October 1931 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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This film received its earliest documented telecast in Los Angeles Saturday 30 August 1952 on KECA (Channel 7). See more »

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Hollywood made a bazillion films like this...and most were a bit better.
18 May 2014 | by See all my reviews

During the 1930s and 40s, Hollywood made one murder mystery after another--and almost all of these were low-budgeted B-movies. Some, such as the Charlie Chan and Falcon series were very good and the rest were a rather mixed lot. Few were excellent--but the films ran the gamut from awful to pretty good. "Grief Street" is one of the less distinguished murder mysteries--mostly because the writing was a bit too broad and obvious. The worst of it was having an annoying and offensive stutterer in the film for comic relief. It's hard to imagine that a multiple Oscar-winning guy like Walter Brennan would begin his distinguished career with crap like this!

As far as the murder goes, it's all laid out at the beginning of the film--perhaps too well. In other words, there isn't much suspense--you KNOW the guy is going to get killed and the basic formula is there with little to differentiate it from the rest apart from the god-awful stuttering guy and a few other broad performances! Not a total waste of time but an imminently skippable film, that's for sure.


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