Murder Is My Beat (1955)

Murder Is My Beat (1955)




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A nightclub singer is arrested and accused of murder despite her protestations of innocence. Though convicted, she does not change her story. She and one of the arresting officers are boarding a prison-bound train when she spies the man she supposedly killed. She and the officer give chase and begin hunting for the man. Unfortunately, the night club singer vanishes leaving the officer, who is by now convinced of her innocent to plead with his superiors for the chance to solve the case, which turns out to be a bit more convoluted that it seems.
Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Allied Artists Pictures

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Paul Langton
as Ray Patrick
Barbara Payton
as Eden Lane
Selena Royle
as Mrs. Abbott
Robert Shayne
as Bert Rawley
Roy Gordon
as Abbott
Tracey Roberts
as Patsy Flint
Kate MacKenna
as Landlady
Harry Harvey
as Gas Station Attendant
Jay Adler
as Bartender
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Critic Reviews for Murder Is My Beat

All Critics (5)

Most of its expressionist-tinged visual flourishes are withheld until the very end, with a final twist that's legitimately thrilling.

Full Review… | June 28, 2013
Slant Magazine

Edgar G. Ulmer was Poverty Row's poet laureate of despair.

Full Review… | February 8, 2013
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

"Murder is my Beat" is not one of your better films of the film noir genre. But, this black & white thriller directed by Edgar G. Ulmer has enough going for it to permit a recommendation.

Full Review… | January 26, 2013
Movie Chambers

Visually superb cross between the whodunit and the film noir crime thriller.

Full Review… | January 18, 2005
Classic Film and Television

Packs some punch.

Full Review… | June 4, 2004
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Audience Reviews for Murder Is My Beat


For the first time, I began to have my doubts. A detective is investigating a murder case where a beautiful singer who appears to be the obvious culprit claims the victim is still alive. She claims to have proof and takes the investigator on a mission to help her prove her innocence. Is the singer telling the truth or stringing the investigator along? "I was getting desperate." Edgar Ulmer, director of Detour, The Black Cat, People on Sunday, The Strange Woman, The Amazing Transparent Man, Hannibal (1959), and Club Havana, delivers Murder is My Beat. The storyline for this picture is very interesting and the script is well written. The cast delivers solid performances and includes Paul Langton, Barbara Payton, Robert Shayne, and Roy Gordon. "Don't be so sensitive, it doesn't look good on you." I came across this film on Turner Classic Movies (TCM) and had to DVR it. It was a clever film and I enjoyed watching it unfold. There were also some fun settings and shots. The overall film is not perfect, but is definitely entertaining and worth a viewing. "That girl was working both sides." Grade: B-

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