Murder on the Campus (December 27, 1933)

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Murder on the Campus
 

Released on December 27, 1933: A man is murdered while ringing the chimes at 9pm while he is the only person in the campus bell tower.

Produced by George R. Batcheller

Directed by Richard Thorpe

The Actors: Charles Starrett (Bill Bartlett), Shirley Grey (Lillian Voyne), J. Farrell MacDonald (Police Captain Ed Kyne), Ruth Hall (Ann Michaels), Dewey Robinson (Police Detective Sergeant Charlie Lorrimer), Maurice Black (Blackie Atwater), Edward Van Sloan (Professor C. Edson Hawley), Jane Keckley (Hilda Lund, secretary), Richard Catlett (Wilson, frat house manager), Harry Bowen (Spud, reporter), Al Bridge (Grimes, city editor), Jack Cheatham (policeman), Harrison Greene (Brock), Henry Hall (Lawyer Bailey), Lew Hicks (policeman), Frank LaRue (Judge Beasley), George Magrill (reporter at murder scene), Charles McAvoy (policeman at Hawley's lab)

 

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The Impossible Murder in the Campus Campanile

Most murder mysteries from the early days of cinema are predictable . . . you can figure out who the bad guys are and who the good guys are pretty quickly. But this one will keep you guessing, even though you will have the clues as soon as the policeman and the crack reporter have them.

A Campanile (camp-a-nee-lee) is a free-standing bell tower. There is one door at the bottom, an elevator to the top, where a group of bells are rung every hour with a short tune. On this night a hot-shot reporter has just driven his nightclub singing girlfriend to the campus. It is 9pm and the bells of the Campanile begin ringing, but they stop a few notes before the end of the tune. A shot rings out and then silence, no more chimes.

Our hot-shot reporter is standing near the Campanile and he rushes over to the door. No one has opened the door since the gunshot was fired. He stands firmly in front of the door as bystanders crowd around, and when the police arrive, they enter the Campanile. At the top of the tower a man lies dead. He has been shot in the left temple, and it is not suicide. No one else is in the tower.

As the reporter and the Police detectives puzzle over the murder, there is another murder, and then another. All of the victims have been killed with the same gun, but at the time of the first murder, that gun was guaranteed not at the crime scene, but rather buried beneath the underwear of the reporter’s girlfriend.

The cop is no dummy, but this one puzzles him as much as it puzzles us. The clues continue to pile up, but each one leads to more confusion. Finally, while the reporter is watching the cop interview the main suspect, the reporter jumps to his feet and runs out of the room, knowing who the real killer is. Unfortunately, the reporter then becomes the final target of the killer, and he may take the secret of the Campanile murder to his grave. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.

The Campus Campanile
The Campus Campanile
Al Bridge on the telephone
Al Bridge on the telephone
Charles Starrett
Charles Starrett
Charles Starrett, Shirley Grey and J. Farrell MacDonald
Charles Starrett, Shirley Grey and J. Farrell MacDonald
Charles Starrett and Shirley Grey
Charles Starrett and Shirley Grey
Charles Starrett
Charles Starrett
Charles Starrett and Shirley Grey
Charles Starrett and Shirley Grey
Charles Starrett
Charles Starrett
Charles Starrett
Charles Starrett
Dewey Robinson, J. Farrell MacDonald and Charles Starrett
Dewey Robinson, J. Farrell MacDonald and Charles Starrett
Dewey Robinson and J. Farrell MacDonald
Dewey Robinson and J. Farrell MacDonald
Dewey Robinson
Dewey Robinson
Edward Van Sloan
Edward Van Sloan
Edward Van Sloan
Edward Van Sloan
Harry Bowen
Harry Bowen
Harry Bowen
Harry Bowen
Shirley Grey
Shirley Grey
J. Farrell MacDonald
J. Farrell MacDonald
J. Farrell MacDonald, Dewey Robinson and Edward Van Sloan
J. Farrell MacDonald, Dewey Robinson and Edward Van Sloan
J. Farrell MacDonald and Dewey Robinson
J. Farrell MacDonald and Dewey Robinson
J. Farrell MacDonald
J. Farrell MacDonald
J. Farrell MacDonald
J. Farrell MacDonald
Jane Keckley
Jane Keckley
Jane Keckley and J. Farrell MacDonald
Jane Keckley and J. Farrell MacDonald
Jane Keckley
Jane Keckley
Maurice Black
Maurice Black
Maurice Black
Maurice Black
Maurice Black
Maurice Black
Richard Catlett and J. Farrell MacDonald
Richard Catlett and J. Farrell MacDonald
Ruth Hall
Ruth Hall
Shirley Grey
Shirley Grey