A Shriek in the Night (July 22, 1933)
Released July 22, 1933: (running time 67 minutes) Ginger Rogers is a newspaper reporter that joins a rival reporter to solve mysterious murders in an apartment building.
Produced by M.H. Hoffman Jr.
Directed by Albert Ray
Written by Frances Hyland from a story by Kurt Kempler
The Actors: Ginger Rogers (Patricia Morgan, newspaper reporter for the Morning News), Lyle Talbot (Ted Rand, newspaper reporter for the News Express), Harvey Clark (Peterson, the janitor), Purnell Pratt (Police Inspector Russell), Lillian Harmer (Augusta, the housekeeper), Arthur Hoyt (Wilfred), Louise Beavers (the maid), Clarence Wilson (Editor Perkins), Maurice Black (gangster Josephus Martini), Jim Farley (Detective Jim Brown), Cyril Ring (Eddie, morgue attendant), Dick Rush (Policeman in hallway), Tiny Sandford (Police Lieutenant Eddie, with eagle badge)
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Accident, Suicide or Murder? . . . . hisss-s-s-s-s
Do you know who Virginia ‘Ginger’ Rogers was? If you are a fan of classic movies you immediately remember that she was the famous girl dancing partner for Fred Astaire. You probably remember her famous quote about dancing the same steps that Fred Astaire did . . . . . . Backwards and in high heels. Did you know that she was the daughter of a Marine from World War One? Whoa . . . . If you think that her father was a Marine, you would be wrong.
Her birth father was estranged from Ginger and her mother, and he kidnapped young Virginia several times before the courts stopped him and gave her mother full custody. Her mother Lela, known as Lelee, served in the Marines when World War One broke out, and it was while her mom was a Marine that she met and married John Rogers. Ginger Rogers looked to this man as her father-figure and took his last name, changing Virginia Katherine McMath into Ginger Rogers. How did the ‘Ginger’ name come about? Well, as a youngster Virginia had a young cousin who could not pronounce ‘Virginia’ and only got out something like ‘Ginny’ which morphed into ‘Ginger.’
After acting in several movies Ginger Rogers had a part in the movie ‘Gold Diggers of 1933’ and her beauty and personality were so impressive that she instantly became the girl that every leading man wanted to act with. This movie was filmed the same year, but the movie that made her famous forever was filmed the next year, when Fred Astaire selected her as his dance partner Honey Hale in ‘Flying Down to Rio.’
In this story she is a street-smart newspaper reporter who wants to get the inside story on the wealthiest man in town . . . Is he a hero or is he a gangster? Is he a philanthropist or is he a thief? How does she do this? Movie censorship is still a year away, so in this story she becomes his personal secretary who lives with him in his penthouse apartment. As our mystery opens her boss drops to the ground in front of the apartment building, and the cops are trying to figure out if it was suicide or murder. It doesn’t take long before they suspect that it is murder . . . . Especially after more dead bodies turn up following the terrible mysterious hissing sound and their death-screams. This leads to that and finally Ginger Rogers is next to get the mysterious business card promising that she will be the next to hear the hisss and shriek in the night. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.
The death card
Arthur Hoyt and Purnell Pratt
Ginger Rogers and Harvey Clark
Ginger Rogers and Lillian Harmer
Ginger Rogers and Lyle Talbot
Ginger Rogers and Purnell Pratt
Harvey Clark and Ginger Rogers
Lillian Harmer and Ginger Rogers
Lillian Harmer, Purnell Pratt and Ginger Rogers
Louise Beavers and Ginger Rogers
Lyle Talbot and Cyril Ring
Lyle Talbot and Dick Rush
Lyle Talbot and Ginger Rogers
Purnell Pratt and Ginger Rogers
Purnell Pratt, Jim Farley and Maurice Black
Purnell Pratt and Lyle Talbot
Purnell Pratt and Maurice Black
Tiny Sandford and Lyle Talbot