Monday, June 4, 2018

A Shriek in the Night (1933)

A competent but unremarkable Golden Age style murder mystery starring Ginger Rogers and Lyle Talbot as rival reporters trying to investigate (and get under the nose of detective Purnell Pratt) a series of murders in a swish Art Deco apartment block in New York.

Rogers and Talbot are in a will-they-won't-they relationship as well as rivals. I'm not sure they have that much chemistry between them though.

The mystery is decent enough and the film is enjoyable, the film takes a while to get going though the ending is pretty intense. The acting and camera work is a bit stilted though. The best thing about the film is Ginger Rogers who shines as you would expect with some perfect comic timing. The film is quite light hearted for a murder mystery though that was quite common in the early 1930s.