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Grief Street (October 1, 1931)

Barbara Kent in Grief Street
 

Released on October 1, 1931: (running time 63 minutes) A womanizing Broadway star is found strangled in his locked dressing room, and the answer may be buried in the plot of his last show.

Produced by George R. Batcheller

Directed by Richard Thorpe

The Actors: Barbara Kent (Jean Royce, actress), John Holland (Jim Ryan, newspaper reporter), Dorothy Christy (Mrs. Alvin Merle, aka Ethel Wynn, actress), Crauford Kent (Alvin Merle, actor), Lillian Rich (Pamela Gregory, actor), James P. Burtis (Police Sergeant Jardine), Larry Steers (Ralph Burns, gangster), Lloyd Whitlock (Frank Murray, stage manager), Lafe McKee (Michael, stage doorman), Creighton Hale (Ted, actor), Raymond Largay (Police Captain Blake), Walter Brennan (Walt), Kenne Duncan (newspaper reporter), Henry Hall (Dr. Wattles, medical examiner), John Ince (Jean's doctor), Theodore Lorch ('Pop' Beacon, newspaper city editor), Murdock MacQuarrie (second theater doorman), Merrill McCormick (Sam, newspaper reporter), Fred Parker (waiter)

 

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The Locked Room and the Dead Body

For amateur detectives like you and me, the best murder mystery is the locked room mystery. This is one of the first talkie movie featuring an impossible ‘locked room’ murder. An actor is discovered in his locked dressing room with a rope tied tightly around his neck. He has been strangled to death. You think that maybe the killer entered through the window? Not likely.

The only window in the locked dressing room is closed tightly and locked. In addition, heavy iron bars outside the window would prevent anyone from getting inside even if the window was open. No, the killer did not enter the small room by the window.

But wait, how do we know that the locked door was always locked? It would be easy for the killer to lock the dressing room door on his way out, right? Except, in this backstage Broadway theater, there is an old doorman sitting in the hallway. The doorman watches the actor enter his dressing room and lock the dressing room door.

The doorman has not fallen asleep and can verify that no one comes even close to the dead actor’s dressing room door until his death is discovered. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and solve this mystery.

Barbara Kent
Barbara Kent
Barbara Kent, John Holland
Barbara Kent, John Holland
Barbara Kent
Barbara Kent
Crauford Kent
Crauford Kent
Crauford Kent, Lillian Rich
Crauford Kent, Lillian Rich
Crauford Kent
Crauford Kent
Crauford Kent
Crauford Kent
Dorothy Christy
Dorothy Christy
Dorothy Christy
Dorothy Christy
James P. Burtis
James P. Burtis
James P. Burtis, Lafe McKee
James P. Burtis, Lafe McKee
James P. Burtis
James P. Burtis
John Holland
John Holland
John Holland, James P. Burtis, Raymond Largay
John Holland, James P. Burtis, Raymond Largay
John Holland, Raymond Largay
John Holland, Raymond Largay
John Holland
John Holland
Walter Brennan, Fred Parker
Walter Brennan, Fred Parker
Lafe McKee
Lafe McKee
Lafe McKee
Lafe McKee
Lafe McKee
Lafe McKee
Larry Steers
Larry Steers
Larry Steers, Dorothy Christy
Larry Steers, Dorothy Christy
Larry Steers, James P. Burtis
Larry Steers, James P. Burtis
Larry Steers, Dorothy Christy
Larry Steers, Dorothy Christy
Lillian Rich
Lillian Rich
Lillian Rich, Creighton Hale
Lillian Rich, Creighton Hale
Lloyd Whitlock
Lloyd Whitlock
Lloyd Whitlock, James P. Burtis
Lloyd Whitlock, James P. Burtis
Lloyd Whitlock
Lloyd Whitlock
Lloyd Whitlock
Lloyd Whitlock
Merrill McCormick, John Holland
Merrill McCormick, John Holland
Raymond Largay
Raymond Largay
Raymond Largay, James P. Burtis
Raymond Largay, James P. Burtis
Raymond Largay
Raymond Largay
Raymond Largay, James P. Burtis
Raymond Largay, James P. Burtis
Raymond Largay
Raymond Largay
Walter Brennan, John Holland
Walter Brennan, John Holland