A Shriek in the Night

A Shriek in the Night

Director: Albert Ray Cast: Ginger Rogers, Lyle Talbot, Arthur Hoyt

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Overview

The second of two low-budget murder melodramas starring Ginger Rogers and Lyle Talbot, A Shriek in the Night is not quite as good as the first (The Thirteenth Guest), but it far outclasses most other poverty-row thrillers of its period. The titular nocturnal shriek is heard just before a wealthy philanthropist falls from his penthouse balcony to his death. Virtually everybody in the apartment building comes under suspicion when it is determined that this "accidental" death was no accident. Rival reporters Pat Morgan (Rogers) and Ted Rand (Talbot) spend most of the picture snooping around where they don't belong, the better to outscoop one another. Meanwhile, the already baffled police become more flummoxed when three additional murders occur -- each preceded by a cryptic letter sent to the victim, stating "You Will Get It!" The method of execution turns out to be asphyxiation, but how is this being done? And better yet, why is this being done, and by whom? The solution was unfortunately tipped off in the film's lobby posters, which showed the unconscious heroine being carried off by the actor who turns out to be the killer. Even so, A Shriek in the Night remains an entertaining whodunit, with a pre-Fred Astaire Ginger Rogers doing a great job exhibiting stark, screaming terror.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/09/2015
UPC: 0644827162925
Original Release: 1933
Source: Reel Vault

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ginger Rogers Patricia Morgan
Lyle Talbot Theodore Rand
Arthur Hoyt Wilfred
Purnell Pratt Inspector Russell
Harvey Clark Janitor
Maurice Black Martini
Louise Beavers Black Maid
Clarence H. Wilson Perkins
Lillian Harmer Augusta

Technical Credits
Albert Ray Director
Alfreda Costumes/Costume Designer
L.R. Brown Editor
Tom Galligan Cinematographer
M.H. Hoffman Producer
Gene Hornbostel Art Director
Frances Hyland Screenwriter
Kkurt Kempler Original Story
Abe Meyer Musical Direction/Supervision
Harry Neumann Cinematographer

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