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Rendezvous at Midnight (1935)

There are plenty of suspects when an unscrupulous, blackmailing businessman turns up dead, especially the Police Commissioner's current paramour, who actually confessed to the killing before it was committed.

Director:

Christy Cabanne

Writers:

Ferdinand Reyher (screenplay), Gaetano Sazio (play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ralph Bellamy ... Commissioner Robert Edmonds
Valerie Hobson ... Sandra Rogers
Catherine Doucet ... Fernande (as Catharine Doucet)
Irene Ware ... Myra
Helen Jerome Eddy ... Emmy
Purnell Pratt ... The Mayor - Hamilton
Kathlyn Williams ... Mrs. Arthur Dewey
Edgar Kennedy ... Mahoney
Vivien Oakland ... Lillian Haskins
Arthur Vinton ... Myles Crawford
William P. Carleton ... Judge (as Wm. P. Carleton)
Luis Alberni ... Janitor
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There are plenty of suspects when an unscrupulous, blackmailing businessman turns up dead, especially the Police Commissioner's current paramour, who actually confessed to the killing before it was committed.

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police | murder | based on play | See All (3) »

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Mystery

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 February 1935 (USA) See more »

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Universal Pictures See more »
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Mono (RCA Victor High Fidelity Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Copyright 1934, as shooting lasted from Nov. 3-15, 1934. Released on Feb. 11, 1935. See more »

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Seen on Pittsburgh's Chiller Theater in 1976
22 May 2009 | by kevinolzakSee all my reviews

Ralph Bellamy gets top billing in 1934's "Rendezvous at Midnight," but the real star here is Valerie Hobson, just before "Bride of Frankenstein" began shooting after the new year 1935. As wealthy socialite Sandra Rogers, Valerie is dating the city's police commissioner Robert Edmonds (Bellamy), whose tour of duty prevents him from attending many functions with her. One evening as a lark, she confesses to a nonexistent murder just to bring him over to share a leisurely dinner for two. Unbeknownst to her, the phony murder victim, Myles Crawford (Arthur Vinton), an unscrupulous businessman with many lovers who was about to be prosecuted for his nefarious schemes, has indeed been found dead (shot) in his apartment, the killer leaving traces of a silver fox fur that Sandra had just purchased from the boutique of Fernande (Catharine Doucet). Only hours before, Sandra had been in the dead man's apartment threatening to kill him for attempted blackmail. It's disappointing that the character of Fernande gets so much screen time as she is very annoying, even exposing a "style thief" (a woman trying to steal designs) that she had hired herself to fool the clientele. Although the film is carried by its large female cast, it's still the male police commissioner who solves the crime. Laurel and Hardy veteran Vivien Oakland plays one of the suspects, a socialite who was in love with Crawford, while one of the models is played by lovely Irene Ware, who twice shared the screen with Bela Lugosi (in 1932's "Chandu the Magician" and 1935's "The Raven"), and would end her career by 1940. Valerie Hobson couldn't have been busier in her year and a half in Hollywood, with this film, "The Man Who Reclaimed His Head," "Life Returns," "Mystery of Edwin Drood," "WereWolf of London," "Bride of Frankenstein," "Chinatown Squad," and "The Great Impersonation," returning to England and retiring in the early 50's. Director Christy Cabanne went on to do "The Mummy's Hand" (George Zucco) in 1940, and "Scared to Death" (Lugosi and Zucco) in 1946, prior to his death in 1950. Although never a part of Universal's SHOCK! package of classic horror films issued to television in the late 50's, this non horror item did show up once on Pittsburgh's Chiller Theater, paired with 1953's "House of Wax" on October 2 1976.


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