Murder in the Music Hall

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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

William Marshall
as Don Jordan
Helen Walker
as Millicent
Nancy Kelly
as Mrs. Rita Morgan
William Gargan
as Inspector Wilson
Jerome Cowan
as George Morgan
Paul Hurst
as Hobarth
Frank Orth
as Henderson, Stage Manager
Jack LaRue
as Bruce Wilton
James Craven
as Mr. Winters
Fay McKenzie
as Singer in Mom's Cafe
Joe Yule
as Doorman
Mary Field
as Waitress
Anne Nagel
as Mission Attendant
Inez Palange
as Mrs. Aldine
LeRoy Mason
as Policeman
Brooks Benedict
as Police Photographer
Lee Phelps
as McCarthy
Lillian Bronson
as Woman Cleaner
Wheaton Chambers
as Evangelist Leader
John Wald
as Radio Officer
Jerry Wald
as Radio Officer
Jim Farley
as Police Sergeant
Red McCarthy
as Specialty Ice Star
Patti Phillippi
as Specialty Ice Star
John Jolliffe
as Specialty Ice Star
Henry Lie
as Specialty Ice Star
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