Jury foreman Edward Weldon (Heggie) persuades the jury to send a murderous woman to the electric chair. On the night of her execution, Weldon's daughter Stella admits to having murdered her own lover in a fit of passion. This sends Weldon into a fit of conscience, where his legalistic tendencies conflict with his love for his daughter. Features a young Bogart in a minor role, whose presence encouraged a re-release of this film, originally titled MIDNIGHT, henceforth referred to as CALL IT MURDER.
Description by Image Entertainment:
Humphrey Bogart and O.P. Heggie star in the story of a jury foreman who helps send a woman to the electric chair, only to later have his daughter kill her lover in a fit of passion. When she comes home and confesses her wrongdoing, her father must choose between telling the truth and risking his beloved daughter being sentenced for murder or trying to find some means of covering up for her. A visually interesting film, director Chester Erskine has fashioned "Midnight" after the German films of the 1920s. Digitally mastered from a mint-condition 35mm nitrate fine grain print. A.k.a. "Call It Murder."