Death from a Distance

Overview

Eccentric professor Einfeld (Lee Kohlmar) is lecturing a select group of scientists at a darkened planetarium when one of the spectators is shot to death. Homicide detective Ted Mallory (Russell Hopton) can't get a straight story from the witnesses and refuses to allow reporter Kay Palmer (Lola Lane) to file her story until he can determine the direction from which the murderer fired the shots. Kay manages to phone in her story anyway, putting Mallory on the spot with the DA. Burying the hatchet, Mallory and Kay ...
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Overview

Eccentric professor Einfeld (Lee Kohlmar) is lecturing a select group of scientists at a darkened planetarium when one of the spectators is shot to death. Homicide detective Ted Mallory (Russell Hopton) can't get a straight story from the witnesses and refuses to allow reporter Kay Palmer (Lola Lane) to file her story until he can determine the direction from which the murderer fired the shots. Kay manages to phone in her story anyway, putting Mallory on the spot with the DA. Burying the hatchet, Mallory and Kay combine forces to nab the killer and expose his diabolically clever method of firing a gun without being present in the room! Though filmed on a tiny budget, Death from a Distance is an impressively spooky whodunit, benefitting immeasurably from the special-effects expertise of Jack Cosgrove.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Hans J. Wollstein
Partially filmed at the-then newly completed Griffith Park Observatory in the Hollywood hills, Death From a Distance is fairly typical of small-scale Invincible Pictures Corp. As a whodunit, the little thriller is not all that different from a host of other low-budget 1930s potboilers, but an engaging cast and sets borrowed from Universal's The Invisible Ray at least makes Death From a Distance one of the best-looking examples of the genre. Producer Lon Young, a former stage magician, had the foresight to employ one of Hollywood's best special-effects wizards, Jack Cosgrove, and technically, the film is on par with anything coming from Columbia and Universal. George Marion, who had played Greta Garbo's boozy father in Anna Christie (1930), makes a flamboyant killer and Wheeler Oakman, Cornelius Keefe, and John Davidson, all veterans of the genre, are the perfect red herrings.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/24/2004
  • UPC: 089218433497
  • Original Release: 1936
  • Rating:

  • Source: Alpha Video
  • Presentation: Black & White
  • Time: 1:11:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 63,800

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Russell Hopton Detective Lt. Ted Mallory
Lola Lane Kay Palmer
George F. Marion Jim Gray
Lee Kohlmar Prof. Ernst Einfeld
Lew Kelly Detective Regan
Wheeler Oakman Langsdale
Robert W. Frazer Morgan
Cornelius Keefe Gorman
E.H. Calvert District Attorney
Lynton Brent
Ralph Brooks
John Davidson Ahmad Haidru
John Dilson City Editor McConnell
Creighton Hale
Henry Hall Medical Examiner
Jane Keckley
Frank LaRue Desk Sergeant
Eric Mayne Witness
Hal Price Detective
John St. Polis Prof. Trowbridge
Herb Vigran Photographer
Charles West Fingerprint Expert
Technical Credits
Frank Strayer Director
M.A. Andersen Cinematographer
M.A. Anderson Cinematographer
Maury M. Cohen Producer
Jack Cosgrove Special Effects
Edward C. Jewell Art Director
John Krafft Screenwriter
Abe Meyer Musical Direction/Supervision
Roland D. Reed Editor
Lon Young Producer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Chapter 1 [10:58]
2. Chapter 2 [12:52]
3. Chapter 3 [15:04]
4. Chapter 4 [9:16]
5. Chapter 5 [10:26]
6. Chapter 6 [11:38]
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