Death At A Broadcast (1934)


[to the lift-man] I’m looking for Variety.” – Rodney Fleming

“That’s eight floors down.” – Lift Man

“But I’ve just come eight floors up!” – Rodney Fleming

“Then it’ll be sixteen floors down.” – Lift Man

Number of Times Seen – 1 (12 Jul 2021)

Brief Synopsis – After an actor is killed during a live radio broadcast, a Scotland Yard detective tries to find the culprit.

My Take on it – This is a intriguing idea that works better than one might expect due to the way that they cleverly have the story play out.

The minimalist view of the story helps make things seem more engaging and thrilling the whole way through.

The cast of characters is unfortunately not developed well enough and that hurts things a bit because it makes things so much more difficult to really care about any of them or about what would happen to any of them along the way.

The story is simplistic but cleverly played out and the short run time helps keep it tight so it doesn’t feel as if things are dragged out at all along the way.

The fact that it almost entirely takes place in a small space also helps raise the stakes and tension because the viewer knows that the murderer is always in the vicinity as the others try and figure out what really transpired over the course of the story.

For it’s time, it was probably a great achievement, but it doesn’t age as well as one might have hoped it could.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – This film received its earliest documented USA telecasts in Los Angeles Sunday 16 October 1949 on KFI (Channel 9) and in New York City Saturday 11 February 1950 on WPIX (Channel 11). (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)

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