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Murder in the Music Hall Details

FULL SYNOPSIS

Most of this Republic B-plus mystery yarn is set in a penthouse, next door to a music hall where a strange song-and-dance extravaganza is being staged. This production incorporates several ice-skating sequences--a good excuse as any for the presence of leading lady Vera Hruba Ralston, Republic's answer to Sonja Henie. Ralston and orchestra leader William Marshall come across the body of producer Edward Norris. Almost everyone in the cast is placed under suspicion, since Norris was a cad and blackmailer. The surprise killer is (as usual) not that much of a surprise, though the scenarists keep us going with some last-minute red herrings. Murder in the Music Hall was reissued in a shortened version titled Midnight Melody in 1951. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast

Vera Ralston
as Lila
Nancy Kelly
as Mrs. Morgan
William Gargan
as Inspector Wilson
Ann Rutherford
as Gracie
Julie Bishop
as Diane
Jerome Cowan
as George Morgan
Edward Norris
as Carl
Jack LaRue
as Bruce Wilton
Frank Orth
as Henderson, Stage Manager
Fay McKenzie
as Singer in Mom's Cafe
Paul Hurst
as Hobarth
James Craven
as Mr. Winters
Mary Field
as Waitress
Anne Nagel
as Mission Attendant
LeRoy Mason
as Policeman
Tom London
as Ryan
Wheaton Chambers
as Evangelist Leader
Ilka Gruning
as Mom
Nolan Leary
as Doctor
Brooks Benedict
as Police Photographer
Inez Palange
as Mrs. Aldine
Spec O'Donnell
William Austin
as Clerk
Lillian Bronson
as Woman Cleaner
Lee Phelps
as McCarthy
Jerry Wald
as Radio Officer
James Farley
as Police Sergeant

Crew

John English
Director
Frances Hyland
Screenwriter
Laszlo Gorog
Screenwriter
Jack A. Marta
Cinematographer
John Alton
Cinematographer
Walter Scharf
Musical Direction/Supervision
Russell Kimball
Art Director
John McCarthy
Set Designer
Howard Lydecker
Special Effects
Theodore Lydecker
Special Effects
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