- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 1 hours
- Video: Black & White
- Released: February 18, 2003
- Originally Released: 1935
- Label: Alpha Video
- Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Memorable Quotes and Dialog:
"The less we know of the details of what you're doing, the better. We want results." (Broadcasting executive)
"Oh Lawdy, Lawdy. I knows I seen a ghost." (Isabella)
"Earlier tonight, in view of thousands, Mr. Houghland was killed by his own invention. His killing was not accidental. It was a deliberately conceived, cold-blooded execution, cleverly maneuvered so as to give the murderer a perfect alibi." (Arthur Perry)
"Even though the eyes may see, the mind will not believe." (Perry)
Description by OLDIES.com:
A scientist collapses during the premiere of his television system, his death broadcast around the world. Investigations into the murder provide no clues and the victim's assistant (Bela Lugosi) becomes the prime suspect. When he is found dead with a knife in his chest, the case seems unsolvable, until the assistant appears to return from the dead and untangles the mystery. Bela Lugosi plays a dual role in Murder by Television, which was produced for under $35,000 by Cameo Pictures. Of interest is an early performance by Academy Award-winner Hattie McDaniel (Gone With the Wind) and the song "I Had the Right Idea," which was written for the film by Oscar-winner Oliver Wallace (Dumbo).
Spies go after the inventor of a television device in order to obtain the plans. Bela Lugosi plays two roles in this vintage suspense thriller.
The inventor of television mysteriously dies during his first broadcast. Then, in the middle of the investigation by the chief of police, the inventor's assistant is killed. A surprise visit from a federal agent puts the investigation back on track and uncovers the murderer.
- A low-budget whodunit, with Bela Lugosi doing a Hungarian impression of Sherlock Holmes. And Hattie MacDaniel does an ethnic stereotype that would have done Mantan Moreland proud.