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Up for Murder (1931)

Young reporter accidentially kills his newspaper's editor in a fight over the publisher's mistress, who is also the paper's society editor.

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Monta Bell, Edward L. Cahn (uncredited)

Writer:

Monta Bell
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Lew Ayres ... Robert Marshall
Genevieve Tobin ... Myra Deane
Purnell Pratt ... William Winter
Richard Tucker ... Cyril Herk
Frank McHugh ... Collins
Frederick Burt Frederick Burt ... City Editor
Dorothy Peterson ... Mrs. Marshall
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Young reporter accidentially kills his newspaper's editor in a fight over the publisher's mistress, who is also the paper's society editor.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 May 1931 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fires of Youth See more »

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Universal Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

A restored 35mm print was shown at the Museum of Modern Art (NYC) in May 2016. It was also shown at Capitolfest 14 in Rome, NY on August 13, 2016. See more »

Quotes

Collins: I wanted to write a play once, but the pencil broke. I never had a chance.
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Connections

Remake of Man, Woman and Sin (1927) See more »

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24 August 2016 | by GManfredSee all my reviews

"Up For Murder" is a tame but fairly interesting pre-code picture from Universal. Its main value is for its acting performances, especially Genevieve Tobin, society page editor for a big-city newspaper, and Lew Ayres, a mail room go-fer who gets promoted to cub writer. It's all as the reviewers above describe it, with Tobin as a woman of the world and Ayres as an infatuated youth. Purnell Pratt is the paper's publisher and Frank McHugh is a writer/drunkard, a part which becomes tiresome midway through.

At a shade over an hour the picture is not burdensome but is not as tense and suspenseful as its title sounds. The storyline itself is straightforward but the ending is contrived and somewhat fatuous; murder in any form is normally pretty serious business. I almost fell off my seat watching the happy ending, as the story to that point was dramatic and true to life, and it brought my rating down a peg or two.

Capitolfest, Rome, NY, 8/16.


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