A Shot in the Dark

Overview

A popular title, a mystery death and college hi-jinks are the ingredients in this pleasant little whodunit from lower-rung company Chesterfield. Charles Starrett stars as Ken Harris, a college football hero whose roommate, Byron Coates (James Bush), is found dead outside their dormitory, a murder camouflaged as a suicide. Suspicion briefly centers on Byron's look-alike half-brother (also Bush) but he, too, is found slain by the mystery killer. Assisted by Byron's sister Jean (Marian Shilling), an at times ...
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Overview

A popular title, a mystery death and college hi-jinks are the ingredients in this pleasant little whodunit from lower-rung company Chesterfield. Charles Starrett stars as Ken Harris, a college football hero whose roommate, Byron Coates (James Bush), is found dead outside their dormitory, a murder camouflaged as a suicide. Suspicion briefly centers on Byron's look-alike half-brother (also Bush) but he, too, is found slain by the mystery killer. Assisted by Byron's sister Jean (Marian Shilling), an at times confounded Ken manages to get to the bottom of the alarming goings-on and unmask the murderer, whose identity will come as little surprise to fans of low-budget 1930s crime thrillers. A Shot in the Dark was filmed on rental stages at the former Pathé studios.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Hans J. Wollstein
It remains doubtful whether identical half-brothers is even a medical possibility but the presence of such a remarkable coincidence is just one of the inconsistencies in this Grade-B offering. Happily, breezy acting from future western star Charles Starrett coupled with the usual solid presence of veteran vampire slayer Edward Van Sloan and silent screen actor Robert Warwick make A Shot in the Dark fun viewing even for today's more jaded audience.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/24/2006
  • UPC: 089218517593
  • Original Release: 1935
  • Source: Alpha Video
  • Presentation: B&W
  • Time: 1:08:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 67,368

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Charles Starrett Ken Harris
Robert Warwick Joseph Harris
Edward Van Sloan Prof. Bostwick
Marion Shilling Jean Coates
Doris Lloyd Mrs. Coates
Helen Jerome Eddy Miss Case
Ralph Brooks Sam Anderson
Herbert Bunston College President
James Bush Byron Coates/John Mesereux
John Davidson Prof. Brand
Jane Keckley Housekeeper
Julian Madison Charlie Penlon
Bob McKenzie Sheriff
Broderick O'Farrell Dr. Howell
Eddie Tamblyn Bill Smart
George Morell Deputy
Technical Credits
Charles Lamont Director
William McGann Director
M.A. Anderson Cinematographer
George R. Batcheller Producer
Charles S. Belden Screenwriter
William Jacobs Producer
Edward C. Jewell Art Director
Harold McLernon Editor
Abe Meyer Musical Direction/Supervision
Roland D. Reed Editor
James Van Trees Cinematographer
M. Coates Webster Screenwriter
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- A Shot in the Dark
2. Chapter 1 [9:51]
3. Chapter 2 [10:57]
4. Chapter 3 [12:31]
5. Chapter 4 [11:11]
6. Chapter 5 [11:37]
7. Chapter 6 [11:44]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- A Shot in the Dark
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   Chapter Index
   Catalog
      Action/Adventure
      Horror/Sci-Fi
      Mystery/Thriller
      New Cinema
      Comedy
      Drama
      Serials
      Family
      Silent Films
      TV Shows
      Classic Exploitation
      Westerns
   Coming Attractions
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