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I'll Name the Murderer (1936)

When a nightclub singer is murdered, a local gossip columnist begins his own investigation.


(as Raymond K. Johnson)


(story and screenplay) (as Philip Dunham), (special dialogue)

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Cast overview:
... Tommy Tilton
... Smitty
... Ted Benson (as Malcolm MacGregor)
James Guilfoyle ... Lou Baron
John Cowell ... Capt. Flynn (as John W. Cowell)
... Hugo Van Ostrum (as Wm. Norton Bailey)
... Nadia
Charlotte Barr-Smith ... Vi Van Ostrum
Claire Rochelle ... Valerie (as Mildred Claire)
Gayne Kinsey ... Walton
Harry Semels ... Luigi
Al Klein ... Waiter


When a nightclub singer is murdered, a local gossip columnist begins his own investigation.

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Release Date:

27 January 1936 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Yo nombraré al asesino  »

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The earliest documented telecast of this film in New York City occurred Monday 6 January 1947 on WABD (Channel 5). See more »


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Music by Gene Johnston
Lyrics by Carl Dudley (as C. Ward Dudley)
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Mediocre Whodunit
6 May 2017 | by See all my reviews

Instead of a well-known crime detective we get a hotshot newspaper columnist who's hot on the trail of a murderer. Tommy Tilton (Ralph Forbes) writes a gossip column called "Tattle-Tales Along Broadway", and hobnobs with all the big city police brass and attorneys in town.

When one of Tommy's buddies is suspected of murder in a supper club, Tommy's fast thinking and keen deduction work quickly to unmask the killer. The film's title comes from Tommy's ongoing sleuthing efforts described in his daily column.

The script of "I'll Name The Murderer" is b-grade quality, typical of the 1930s. Tommy is something of a gadabout playboy type that I found less than credible as a detective; Charlie Chan and other fictional detectives carry more cerebral heft.

I counted 6 or 7 suspects. The identity of the killer came as something of a surprise to me. I guess I missed the part about the person's motive. Dialogue is fast-paced and perfunctory, though there's a bit of humor in a few scenes. The ending plot segment contains just a bit of spine-tingling suspense, but then the story ends rather abruptly, via some usual plot clichés.

B&W cinematography is fairly good for the most part. But sound quality is a bit muffled. Except for Ralph Forbes, who is not convincing as a detective, the casting is okay. Acting is about what you would expect for the 1930s, slightly amateurish and at times a bit hammy. Most scenes take place on indoor sets minimally furnished, though certainly no more austere than the Monogram sets for Charlie Chan.

As a whodunit, this film is not bad, but there's nothing here that we haven't seen before in countless other murder mysteries. I would describe "I'll Name The Murderer" as mediocre.

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