A Shot in the Dark (February 1, 1935)

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A Shot in the Dark
 

Released on February 1, 1935: Based on the novel "The Dartmouth Murders" mysterious deaths at a college are investigated by an amateur sleuth.

Directed by Charles Lamont

The Actors: Charles Starrett (Kenneth Harris), Robert Warwick (Joseph Harris), Edward Van Sloan (Professor Bostwick), Marion Shilling (Jean Coates), Helen Jerome Eddy (Miss Lottie Case), Doris Lloyd (Lucille Coates), James Bush (Byron Coates and John Meseraux), Julian Madison (Charlie Penlon), Eddie Tamblyn (Bill Smart), Ralph Brooks (Sam Anderson), Robert McKenzie (the Sheriff), John Davidson (Professor Brand), Herbert Bunston (college President), George Morrell (Deputy Abe Barber), Broderick O'Farrell (Doctor Howell), Jane Keckley (Bostwick's housekeeper), Eric Mayne (Professor at service)

 

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College life is usually full of fun, mirth and just a little bit of education, but when death stalks the hallways of knowledge all bets are off. The first murder victim is a despondent student who is found hanging in the dorm room below his own . . . but an autopsy discovers a poison needle buried deep in his skull, fired by a strange gun. College student Byron Coates is going to turn 21 and inherit a fortune from a family trust, but on the eve of his birthday is murdered by someone who tries to make it look like suicide. The father of another student is visiting and is somewhat of an amateur criminologist and he chases down clues to the murder. Just as a fellow student is going to reveal the identity of a last minute visitor to the dead boy he is mysteriously killed by a poison needle shot deep into his skull. As more clues are revealed to us and we try to piece together the motive and the killer, but new clues confuse our theories until we arrive at what we believe will be the climax. The killer is trapped in a building and when cornered confesses to the second murder, but claims that he didn't commit the first murder. Just as he is about to reveal the identity of the first murderer he is shot in the back, and we are once again left with many delicious clues but precious little real evidence as to the killer. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter on it and head back to college for mystery, murder and mayhem.

Broderick O'Farrell as Doc Howell
Broderick O'Farrell as Doc Howell
Broderick O'Farrell
Broderick O'Farrell
Charles Starrett and Doris Lloyd
Charles Starrett and Doris Lloyd
Charles Starrett and Helen Jerome Eddy
Charles Starrett and Helen Jerome Eddy
Doris Lloyd as Lucille Coates
Doris Lloyd as Lucille Coates
Eddie Tamblyn as Bill Smart
Eddie Tamblyn as Bill Smart
Edward Van Sloan and Charles Starrett
Edward Van Sloan and Charles Starrett
Edward Van Sloan and Robert Warwick
Edward Van Sloan and Robert Warwick
Edward Van Sloan as Joe Shaw
Edward Van Sloan as Joe Shaw
George Morrell and Robert McKenzie
George Morrell and Robert McKenzie
George Morrell as Abe Barber
George Morrell as Abe Barber
Helen Jerome Eddy as Miss Lottie Case
Helen Jerome Eddy as Miss Lottie Case
James Bush as Byron Coates
James Bush as Byron Coates
James Bush as John Meseraux
James Bush as John Meseraux
John Davidson and Robert Warwick
John Davidson and Robert Warwick
John Davidson as Professor Brand
John Davidson as Professor Brand
John Davidson in A Shot in the Dark
John Davidson in A Shot in the Dark
Julian Madison as Charlie Penlon
Julian Madison as Charlie Penlon
Marion Shilling and Charles Starrett
Marion Shilling and Charles Starrett
Marion Shilling and Doris Lloyd
Marion Shilling and Doris Lloyd
Marion Shilling and Robert Warwick
Marion Shilling and Robert Warwick
Marion Shilling as Jean Coates
Marion Shilling as Jean Coates
Ralph Brooks as Sam Anderson
Ralph Brooks as Sam Anderson
Robert McKenzie and Robert Warwick
Robert McKenzie and Robert Warwick
Robert McKenzie as the Sheriff
Robert McKenzie as the Sheriff
Robert Warwick and Robert McKenzie
Robert Warwick and Robert McKenzie
Robert Warwick as Joseph Harris
Robert Warwick as Joseph Harris
Robert Warwick in A Shot in the Dark
Robert Warwick in A Shot in the Dark
Robert Warwick muses over the clues to each murder
Robert Warwick muses over the clues to each murder