Title: The Murder Party Summary: A major newspaper publisher dies in suspicious circumstances during a parlour game at a dinner party. The publishers secretary is the obvious suspect, but the Inspector isn't so sure ... Directed by: Michael Powell Actors: Malcolm Keen, Jane Baxter, Leslie Banks Production Company: Gaumont British Picture Corporation Release Date: 16 July 1935 (UK) Aspect Ratio: 1.37 : 1
A major newspaper publisher dies in suspicious circumstances during a parlour game at a dinner party. The publishers secretary is the obvious suspect, but the Inspector isn't so sure ...
August 22, 2019 Subject:
Call This a Party?
Underpinned by a rather thin plot device - a game of murder by drawing lots to name the murderer - this is a stylish what happened when the lights went out murder mystery. Gathered at the house of a newspaper publisher, whose numerous enemies are laid out prior to the party and murder scenes, are the publisher's daughter, the publisher's secretary who wants to marry the daughter, the daughter's girlfriend, an elderly general, a ditsy middle aged foreign princess, a rather fey author, the butler and late arrival, a police inspector. As mentioned, many of these have a reason to see the publisher dead. Who done it? - It all becomes clear at the end. Until then, we have a complicated case to sort out. Ernest Thesiger (Chiddiatt) who I am used to seeing as a villain, gives a great performance as the fey self-absorbed author, Muriel Aked (Princess Anna Maria) is also great fun. These two make the whole thing worth watching - otherwise, all the characters are adequate, but there are no other stand-out performances. An enjoyable and somewhat amusing 61 minutes.