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Murder with Pictures (1936)

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69 min | Crime, Mystery

Suspected crime boss Nate Girard beats a murder rap, and newspaper photographer Kent Murdock is on the story. Girard and lawyer Redfield throw a party for the news men where Murdock romances a mystery woman who confronted Girard in front ...See moreSuspected crime boss Nate Girard beats a murder rap, and newspaper photographer Kent Murdock is on the story. Girard and lawyer Redfield throw a party for the news men where Murdock romances a mystery woman who confronted Girard in front of him, but Murdock's fiance Hester shows up. After they return to his apartment, have a fight, and she leaves, the mystery woman slips in and begs for his help. Police Inspector Bacon and the cops show up, looking for the mystery woman; Murdock hides her. Murdock goes with the cops to discuss the murder the woman is suspected of. Bacon explains (in flashback) how some photographers were setting up a shot with Girard and Redfield. When the flashbulbs popped, Redfield keeled over dead and the woman, Meg Archer, fled while the newsmen ran out to phone their papers. The newsmen (who were rounded up later as thoroughly as possible) are taken into police custody, except for Murdock (who wasn't at the scene), who is given a cap on the sly by rival McGoogin. Although evidence suggests Meg is guilty, Murdock returns to his apartment and pledges to help her. She drugs his drink, but in the middle of the night, someone breaks in, knocks her out, and ransacks Murdock's photography equipment. They awaken in the morning and Murdock finds a photo plate in the cap McGoogin gave him. It's a picture taken by one of the photographers from behind Redfield and probably shows the killer preparing to murder him. Girard arrives and tries to bribe Murdock. The cops arrive, with McGoogin, and McGoogin pockets the photo plate. Girard threatens Murdock and Meg, implying that he staged Meg's father's suicide; they have to get the photo plate back and try to clear Meg's name - and get out of his engagement to Hester. The story becomes more and more convoluted, with the shooting of McGoogin and then Meg, the arrival of the brother of the man Girard was on trial for killing, and Murdock's decision to confront Girard on his own terms. Written by D Jensen, Indiana See less
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Writers
George Harmon Coxe (screenplay) | Sidney Salkow (screenplay) | Jack Moffitt (based on a story by) (as John C. Moffitt)
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Updated Sep 25, 1936

Release date
Sep 25, 1936 (United States)

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60 cast members
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Lew Ayres
Kent Murdock Kent Murdock   See fewer
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Gail Patrick
Meg Archer Meg Archer   See fewer
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Paul Kelly
I.B. McGoogin I.B. McGoogin   See fewer
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Benny Baker
Phil Doane Phil Doane   See fewer
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Ernest Cossart
Stanley Redfield Stanley Redfield   See fewer
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Onslow Stevens
Nate Girard Nate Girard   See fewer
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Joyce Compton
Hester Boone Hester Boone   See fewer
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Anthony Nace
Joe Cusick Joe Cusick   See fewer
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Joe Sawyer
Inspector Bacon (as Joseph Sawyer) Inspector Bacon (as Joseph Sawyer)   See fewer
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Frank Sheridan
Police Chief Police Chief   See fewer
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Irving Bacon
Keough Keough   See fewer
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Purnell Pratt
Editor Editor   See fewer
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William Bailey
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Paul Barrett
Reporter (uncredited) Reporter (uncredited)   See fewer
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Patsy Bellamy
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Harry C. Bradley
Gas Station Attendant (uncredited) Gas Station Attendant (uncredited)   See fewer
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Robert Burkhardt
Reporter (uncredited) Reporter (uncredited)   See fewer
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Edmund Burns
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Vance Carroll
Plainclothesman (uncredited) Plainclothesman (uncredited)   See fewer
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Jack Chapin
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Davison Clark
Overholt (uncredited) Overholt (uncredited)   See fewer
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J.J. Clark
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Beatrice Coleman
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Mike Donovan
Jury Foreman (uncredited) Jury Foreman (uncredited)   See fewer
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Ellen Drew
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Eddie Dunn
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Jerry Fletcher
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Kay Gordon
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Carlton Griffin
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Margaret Harrison
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Howard Hickman
Judge (uncredited) Judge (uncredited)   See fewer
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William Hopper
Photographer (uncredited) Photographer (uncredited)   See fewer
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Ernest W. Johnson
Corpse (uncredited) Corpse (uncredited)   See fewer
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Harry Jordan
Girard Henchman (uncredited) Girard Henchman (uncredited)   See fewer
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Marten Lamont
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Frank Losee Jr.
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Nick Lukats
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Frank Marlowe
Pipe Smoker (uncredited) Pipe Smoker (uncredited)   See fewer
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Rex Moore
Newsboy (uncredited) Newsboy (uncredited)   See fewer
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Jack Mulhall
Girard Henchman (uncredited) Girard Henchman (uncredited)   See fewer
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Paddy O'Flynn
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George Ovey
Trunk Man (uncredited) Trunk Man (uncredited)   See fewer
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Bob Perry
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Lee Phelps
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Earl Pingree
Taxi Driver (uncredited) Taxi Driver (uncredited)   See fewer
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Art Rowlands
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Christian Rub
Olaf (uncredited) Olaf (uncredited)   See fewer
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Allen Saunders
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Kai Schmidt
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Lee Shumway
Officer Kelly (uncredited) Officer Kelly (uncredited)   See fewer
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Larry Steers
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Dorothy Stevens
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Milburn Stone
Operator (uncredited) Operator (uncredited)   See fewer
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Phil Tead
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Harry Wallace
Girard Henchman (uncredited) Girard Henchman (uncredited)   See fewer
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Dorothy Ward
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Pat West
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Girard Henchman (uncredited) Girard Henchman (uncredited)   See fewer
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5.7 / 10 | 281 votes