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Murder by an Aristocrat (1936)

Approved | | Mystery | 13 June 1936 (USA)
Bayard Thatcher is blackmailing the family into which he has married. He demands $25,000 by the next night or else he will tell about shady deals and family skeletons. That is the price the... See full summary »


Frank McDonald


Luci Ward (screen play), Roy Chanslor (screen play) | 1 more credit »


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Complete credited cast:
Lyle Talbot ... Dr. Allen Carick
Marguerite Churchill ... Sally Keating
Claire Dodd ... Janice Thatcher
John Eldredge ... John Tweed
Bill Elliott ... Dave Thatcher (as Gordon Elliott)
Virginia Brissac ... Adela Thatcher
William B. Davidson ... Bayard Thatcher (as William Davidson)
Joseph Crehan ... Hilary Thatcher
Florence Fair Florence Fair ... Evelyn Thatcher
Stuart Holmes ... Higby - Butler
Lottie Williams Lottie Williams ... Emeline
Mary Treen ... Florrie
Milton Kibbee ... Cab Driver
Henry Otho Henry Otho ... Sheriff Frank Whiting


Bayard Thatcher is blackmailing the family into which he has married. He demands $25,000 by the next night or else he will tell about shady deals and family skeletons. That is the price the bully Bayard demands for leaving the family alone. At Midnight, he is shot and Dr. Carick is called. He has nurse Keating take care of Bayard's superficial wound and watch over him. Later that night, a mysterious person steals the gun under his pillow as he is out arguing with someone. He is still alive in the morning and demands the money before nightfall, but he does not live long enough to claim it. Who did him in? Sally Keating has some clues and a lot of questions. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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13 June 1936 (USA) See more »

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Clue Club #7: Murder by an Aristocrat See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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Did You Know?


Warner Bros. created the advertising marketing ploy "Clue Club" to increase audiences attending its crime mystery/drama movies. Twelve titles showing the Warner Bros. "Clue Club" promo footage were released from 1935 to 1938.

Clue Club #1: The White Cockatoo (1935)

Clue Club #2: While the Patient Slept (1935)

Clue Club #3: The Florentine Dagger (1935)

Clue Club #4: The Case of the Curious Bride (1935)

Clue Club #5: The Case of the Lucky Legs (1935)

Clue Club #6: The Murder of Dr. Harrigan (1936)

Clue Club #7: Murder by an Aristocrat (1936)

Clue Club #8: The Case of the Velvet Claws (1936)

Clue Club #9: The Case of the Black Cat (1936)

Clue Club #10: The Case of the Stuttering Bishop (1937)

Clue Club #11: The Patient in Room 18 (1938)

Clue Club #12: Mystery House (1938) See more »


Followed by The Patient in Room 18 (1938) See more »

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"Psychic" nurse solves murder
12 May 2004 | by Jim TrittenSee all my reviews

Snappy 60 minute Clue Club mystery featuring blackmail and the elimination of the aristocratic Thatcher family. Based upon the 1932 novel of the same name by Mignon Good Eberhart, a nurse heroine is able to put together the pieces of a mystery that confound the local district attorney. Pretty difficult to keep up with myriad of clues and figure out "who done it" ahead of the nurse-detective who seems even "psychic" in her ability to divine the murderer. The movie title says it all -- the murderer is an aristocrat. It would have been nice for the property department to actually supply the cast with a revolver instead of an automatic -- but it really does not matter to the plot. In many Eberhart mysteries, Sarah Keate is the nurse-detective, but in Murder by an Aristocrat, the name used is Sally Keating. Directed by Frank McDonald. Cast includes Marguerite Churchill, John Eldredge, Lyle Talbot, Claire Dodd, Virginia Brissac, William Davidson. Orry-Kelley costume design. About as good as these 1930s-era formula mysteries get. Good viewing on a rainy Saturday afternoon.

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