Held For Murder (aka Her Mad Night)
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- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 9 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
- Released: July 26, 2005
- Originally Released: 1932
- Label: Alpha Video
- (unspecified) - English
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Conway Tearle & Irene Rich|
|Directed by||E. Mason Hopper|
Description by OLDIES.com:
Her Mad Night (aka Held for Murder) is a "moral melodrama" from the first decade of talkies. Irene Rich, often paired with Will Rogers in silent and sound movies, also had success starring in her own radio show, "Dear John," which premiered the year after this film was released and ran more than ten years. Director E. Mason Hopper retired from directing three years after helming this picture, but resurfaced in 1950 with a bit part in one of Hollywood's greatest masterpieces, Sunset Boulevard.
Movie Lovers' Ratings & Reviews:
Based on 3 ratings.
This period talkie somehow reminds me of "Millie", a popular Helen Twelvetrees film of the previous year (1931), based on a novel of the same name. The best scene of all is when the mother is on death row - it never occurred to me that in those days condemmed women had no place to be put but in the same prison for men; apparently there was no death row cell block for women prisoners about to be executed? Then where did they put Ruth Snyder? (a notorious 1920's murderess who was electrocuted in the chair).
This movie was little slow-moving in parts, and the daughter was crudely whiney and bimbo-ish, but it's an apt little creaky melodrama. PS: All these low-budget Depression-era thrillers are reviewed and discussed in the re-released book about Poverty Row studios; a must-read if you like collecting these kind of movies.
- Sales Rank: 61,514
- UPC: 089218480699
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