Murder by Invitation

Overview

Stars-on-the-downslide Wallace Ford and Marian Marsh briefly rallied in the above-average Monogram melodrama Murder by Invitation. Ford is cast as usual as a wisecracking reporter, this time christened Bob White. Our hero is one of several acquaintances and relatives invited to an old dark house to attend the reading of a will. At the stroke of midnight, one of the guests is murdered?and then another. The most obvious suspect is Aunt Cassie (Sarah Padden), the slightly daft owner of the mansion, but Bob suspects ...
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Overview

Stars-on-the-downslide Wallace Ford and Marian Marsh briefly rallied in the above-average Monogram melodrama Murder by Invitation. Ford is cast as usual as a wisecracking reporter, this time christened Bob White. Our hero is one of several acquaintances and relatives invited to an old dark house to attend the reading of a will. At the stroke of midnight, one of the guests is murdered?and then another. The most obvious suspect is Aunt Cassie (Sarah Padden), the slightly daft owner of the mansion, but Bob suspects that she's being framed, and with the help of heroine Nora O'Brien (Marsh) he sets about to prove it. Some of the film's best moments are suppled by beetle-browed Herb Vigran, a busy supporting actor whose best professional days were still to come.Murder by Invitation closes with one of those "It's only a movie, folks" gags indigenous to the Monogram product of the 1940s.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Hans J. Wollstein
Panels are once again sliding and shrieks are heard in the night in Monogram's Murder by Invitation, a sly parody of the old Cat and Canary-style thrillers of bygone years. Everyone plays their roles tongue-in-cheek and the comedy is never more obvious, or welcome, than in the closing moments, in which the long-awaited smooch between Wallace Ford and Marian Marsh is interrupted by Herb Vigran's warning that "The Hays Office ain't gonna like that long kiss." Both Ford and Marsh had seen better days, of course, but you'd never know it by the vigor they exhibit here. Murder by Invitation also marks a welcome return to screen billing for former Wampas Baby Star Hazel Keener.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/27/2004
  • UPC: 089218437990
  • Original Release: 1941
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  • Source: Alpha Video
  • Presentation: Black & White
  • Time: 1:06:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 65,601

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Wallace Ford Bob White
Marian Marsh Nora O'Brien
Sarah Padden Aunt Cassie Denham
George Guhl Sheriff Boggs
Wallis Clark Judge Moore
Gavin Gordon Garson Denham
Minerva Urecal Maxine Denham
Arthur Young Trowbridge
Herb Vigran Eddie, Photographer
Hazel Keener Mary Denham
Kay Deslys
John James
Dave "Tex" O'Brien
Lee Shumway
Philip Trent
Isabelle La Mal
Technical Credits
Phil Rosen Director
George Bricker Screenwriter
Martin G. Cohn Editor
A.W. Hackel Producer
Marcel Le Picard Cinematographer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Chapter 1 [8:52]
2. Chapter 2 [12:04]
3. Chapter 3 [10:40]
4. Chapter 4 [11:00]
5. Chapter 5 [12:01]
6. Chapter 6 [10:04]
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