The Studio Murder Mystery
Cast & Crew
Richard Hardell, a debonair young man who wins a magazine contest sponsored by a motion picture studio, comes to Hollywood. When he is found murdered on a deserted sound stage, the police learn that five people had ample motives and opportunities to commit the crime: Rupert Borka, who was directing Hardell in his first picture, while knowing he was engaged in a flirtation with his own wife; Blanche, Rupert's wife, who discovered his affair with the studio watchman's daughter; Helen MacDonald, the watchman's daughter, who threatened to make him suffer for his false promises of marriage; Ted MacDonald, Helen's brother, who knew of his sister's secret trysts with Hardell; and Helen's father. MacDonald admits knowledge of the guilty party but dies before he can make the disclosure. Helen is convicted on circumstantial evidence; then studio gagman Tony White, who loves Helen, stumbles on a clue, and Borka is revealed as the actual killer.