Murder by Television


60m 1935

Brief Synopsis

James Houghland, inventor of a new method by which television signals can be instantaneously sent anywhere in the world, refuses to sell the process to television companies, who then send agents to acquire the invention any way they can. On the night of his initial broadcast Houghland is mysteriously murdered in the middle of his demonstration and it falls to Police Chief Nelson to determine who the murderer is from the many suspects present.

Film Details

Release Date
Oct 25, 1935
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Cameo Pictures Corp.
Distribution Company
Imperial Distributing Corp.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
60m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
5,723ft

Synopsis

Dr. Houghland, an inventor who has developed a machine for broadcasting television, gives a party in his home to demonstrate his new device and is apparently murdered by his own invention. Chief of Police Nelson demands that the guests remain for questioning and narrows the suspects down to household servants Isabella and Au Ling; Richard Grayson, who is in love with Houghland's daughter June; brain specialist Dr. Scofield; and Arthur Perry, who has been hired by Houghland's competitor Donald Jordan. During Nelson's investigation, Perry's death complicates the proceedings; but his identical twin brother, who happens to be a detective, arrives and exposes Dr. Scofield as the murderer.

Film Details

Release Date
Oct 25, 1935
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Cameo Pictures Corp.
Distribution Company
Imperial Distributing Corp.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
60m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
5,723ft

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Notes

The film includes one song performed by June Collyer, however, the title of that song has not been determined. Film Daily noted that $75,000 worth of actual television equipment was used on the set, and also that the final cost of the picture was under the $35,000 originally budgeted.