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Menace (1934)

Unrated | | Mystery | 22 November 1934 (USA)
Menace is a very fast-paced dark house murder mystery with a plot centering around three people who are targeted for death because of their alleged guilt in the tragic death of a psychopath's brother.

Director:

Ralph Murphy

Writers:

Philip MacDonald (story), Chandler Sprague (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Gertrude Michael ... Helen Chalmers
Paul Cavanagh ... Col. Leonard Crecy
Henrietta Crosman ... Sybil Thornton
John Lodge ... Ronald Cavendish
Ray Milland ... Freddie Bastion (as Raymond Milland)
Berton Churchill ... Norman Bellamy
Halliwell Hobbes ... Skinner
Robert Allen ... Andrew Forsythe
Forrester Harvey ... Wilcox
Montagu Love ... Police Inspector
Arletta Duncan ... Gloria Chalmers
Gwenllian Gill ... Alison Bastion
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Menace is a very fast-paced dark house murder mystery with a plot centering around three people who are targeted for death because of their alleged guilt in the tragic death of a psychopath's brother.

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murder | melodrama | See All (2) »

Genres:

Mystery

Certificate:

Unrated
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 November 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ameaça See more »

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Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. See more »

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It Was A Dark And Stormy Night
7 March 2019 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Ray Milland is badgered into playing a game of bridge in British East Africa instead of managing his dam during a storm. When the dam bursts, he crashes his plane on purpose. His unseen brother, whom the authorities know to be cuckoo, blames the bridge players. He threatens to kill them all and disappears. A year later, the proposed victims are in an isolated house in Santa Barbara with some other folks when the murderer strikes. Will they discover the murderer before he kills them all?

Of course, you'd think there would be a picture, or at least a description of this maniac for the authorities and the people who are frightened they will be killed. No. There's a good reason for that, but it's never mentioned; it would turn this one-hour B movie into a twenty-minute short.

Director Ralph Murphy uses all the Dark House mystery convention except for the one where the detective sits everyone down and explains what happens. It's one of those mysteries where anyone could turn out to be the murderer, and the explanation at the end seemed thin to me. Still, the mood is creepy, and the actors are competent, with Henrietta Crosman delightful as the old and forthright lady.


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