Tomorrow at Seven (1933)

Article #740 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 3-25-2003
Posting Date: 8-22-2003
Directed by Ray Enright
Featuring Chester Morris, Vivienne Osborne, Frank McHugh

A murderer known as the Black Ace threatens to murder a man at seven o’clock the next day.

I’d have to say this is one of the better forgotten horrors I’ve seen. It has some unusual choices of locations for a murders, a very effective opening scene, and the comic relief is much stronger than usual for this type of thing. For the latter, thanks must go to Frank McHugh and Allen Jenkins, who make a great team as the two detectives on the case, though Charles Middleton also has some fun in his appearance as Simons. It’s also interesting to note that the only role for a black performer is not a comic relief role, and he ends up playing a serious role in the proceedings. Though it hovers in that grey area between murder mystery and horror, this is probably one I would recommend for those interested in experimenting with the world of forgotten horrors.


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