Murder on the Blackboard (1934) [IN PROCESS - Information may be incomplete or contain inaccuracies]

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Title: Murder on the Blackboard [IMDb]

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Release date: June 15, 1934
Studio: RKO
Runtime: 71 minutes
IMDB genres: comedy, drama, mystery

Synopsis [hide]

A pretty young music teacher is bludgeoned to death in Hildegarde's school, where she's reunited with Oscar, but the autopsy report says she was dying from poison too.

Plot keywords (from IMDb): alarm clock, alcohol, alibi, amateur sleuth, anemia, ant, attempted murder, benzene, blackboard, blood, bounced check, brooklyn bridge, cellar, chemistry lab, concussion, confession of crime, coroner, corpse, criminal, dead body, death, detective, drunk, drunkenness, dumb cop, dysfunctional marriage, elementary school, false accusation, female detective, fire escape, forensics, furnace, german american, gossip, gun, hatchet, hildegarde withers, hit on head, homicide, hospital, inspector, interrogation, irish sweepstakes, janitor, jealousy, liquor, lottery ticket, manhattan new york city, manipulative female, marital infidelity, medical examiner, mislaid trust, motive, murder, murder confession, murder investigation, new york city, old maid, pick axe, picking a lock, poisoning, police inspector, police sergeant, principal, prison escape, radiator, rare disease, reference to abraham lincoln, reference to henri landru, reference to martha washington, reference to sherlock holmes, romantic rivalry, schoolteacher, science teacher, scream, secret, secret door, secret marriage, sequel, shoe, snoop, snooping, solving a mystery, spinster schoolteacher, straw, student, suicide, sweepstakes, sweepstakes ticket, turning off the lights, warehouse, whistling, music teacher

Cast and Crew

Edna May OliverHildegarde Withers
James GleasonInspector Oscar Piper
Bruce CabotAddison Stevens
Gertrude MichaelJane Davis
Regis ToomeyDetective Smiley North
Edgar KennedyDetective Donahue
Tully MarshallMr. MacFarland
Frederick VogedingOtto Schweitzer
Barbara FritchieLouise Halloran

George Archainbaud: director

Max Steiner: composer

Bernard Kaun: composer

Max Steiner: musical director

Film Statistics

Film duration: 1:10:52
Music duration: 00:03:26
Pages in score: no score available
Total themes: 10
Themes with variants: 2
Total variants: 3
Total gestures: 0
Total underscoring sections: 0
Total underscoring duration: 00:00:00
Total instances: 17


Name Uses Variants
Blackboard Murder 2 1
Clock Tower 2 0
Sidewalks of New York 2 2
End Titles 1 0
Murder Fanfare 1 0
The Janitor 1 0

Source Music

Name Uses
The Clue 5
RKO Tower 1
Scale 1
Unknown Tune 1