Murder by Television (1935)

Article #197 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing date: 9-29-2001
Posting date: 2-12-2002

Well, let’s see. . . Hmm, can’t remember this one very well. . .I remember people standing around and talking . . . someone dies. . . there’s someone lying on the floor (I think it’s Bela Lugosi). . . another man who looks like Bela Lugosi shows up. . . the movie ends.

This movie was made by Cameo Pictures, most likely with an assist by Sominex. Let’s see how it stacks up to several other movies.

The action scenes are almost as thrilling and exciting as anything in MY DINNER WITH ANDRE.

The cinematography almost reaches that same energetic fluidity of motion to be found in the 1931 DRACULA.

The plot is almost as enticingly mysterious as that of THE MAGIC LAND OF MOTHER GOOSE.

The dialogue is almost as sparklingly witty as that of ONE MILLION B.C.

And the movie is even longer than SHOAH or BERLIN ALEXANDERPLATZ (I may be wrong on this one, but I’m going by feel).

All in all, one of the most effective cures for insomnia I’ve ever had the pleasure to sleep through.

And I don’t think it’s just a coincidence that the movie industry released a movie with the word “television” in the title that would make us associate that word with mind-numbing boredom.

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