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Murder by the Clock
1931 | Horror

A policeman investigates a woman's link to murders that are preceded by a shrilling horn inside a family mausoleum.
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Murder by the Clock is a horror movie that was released in the year 1931. It was directed by Edward Sloman. The movie was written by Rufus King. The main cast members featured in the movie include William 'Stage' Boyd, Lilyan Tashman, Irving Pichel, Blanche Friderici, Walter McGrail and Lester Vail.

The following tags are associated with this movie: mystery

Murder by the Clock review
by Michael Mahoney
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I have to admit, while this early 30's flick is still pretty good, and a much overlooked classic, I didn't quite love it as much as did when I first saw it.

The atmosphere of the film is great, and what with a graveyard, a mausoleum, and a pretty decent old house, there was a rather Gothic feel about this whole affair. Plot-wise, I think it was pretty fun too, with a young woman turning men into killers by just her wiles and intellect. It's fun, really, seeing her trying and consistently being able to outsmart the police, and funner still to see her plans in action.

As you can imagine, a lot of this movie is driven by the characters. First-and-foremost, Lilyan Tashman (who died just three years after this movie at the age of 37 from cancer) did amazing as the villainess, and you couldn't help but hate her character upon seeing her trying to emotionally manipulate four different men into doing what she willed. It was an impressive and somewhat captivating performance. William 'Stage' Boyd (who, oddly enough, died just four years after this film at 45) did decent as the main protagonist, though I don't think we really saw enough of him to make that much a positive impact. Another individual who didn't get a bunch of screen-time was Blanche Friderici (who died just two years after this film; Murder by the Clock seems more like Murder by This Movie), but I immensely enjoyed her as a miserly old woman. Lastly, Walter McGrail (who, gasp, lived until the year 1970) played a convincing mentally-challenged man, and was consistently solid throughout.

As fun as both the cast and story are, though, and even though the movie is just around 72 minutes long, I couldn't help but feel that it was dragging a bit in the middle. We got some great sequences at the end, but building up to them was a longer process than I remembered it being. Murder by the Clock is still a good movie, and an overlooked highlight of the early 30's, but it's not amazing. Still, it may be worth a watch if 30's horror is your cup of tea. 7.5/10 (rounded up to 8/10 to fit site's format).
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Midnight Faces (1926)
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