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Held For Murder (aka Her Mad Night)

Starring: Conway Tearle & Irene Rich Director: E. Mason Hopper
A woman faces the electric chair when she take she blame for a murder she believes was committed by her irresponsible daughter.
Held For Murder (aka Her Mad Night)
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 9 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 1932
  • Label: Alpha Video
  • Audio:
    • (unspecified) - English

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Description by OLDIES.com:

Incredible twists of fate have led Joan Manners to an appointment with the electric chair. Her problems begin with a whirlwind courtship with wealthy lawyer Steve Kennedy. Steve tells her about his adopted daughter, Connie, a young woman he has raised since she was a child. Joan reels in shock when she sees the girl's baby picture and recognizes the infant as her own, a product of a past she's trying to conceal. Steve's life-long best friend, womanizer Schuyler Durkin, was once Joan's lover and is currently wooing the coquettish Connie on the sly. This tangled web of relationships leads to Connie accidentally shooting Durkin when he tries to rape her. To protect her daughter, Joan takes the rap for Durkin's death. Even with Steve as defense counsel, Joan's courtroom refusal to reveal the truth about the killing dooms her to execution.

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.

Product Description:

A man molests a little girl, and her mother is accused of murdering him. A.K.A "Her Mad Night."

Plot Keywords:

Injustice | Murder | Mystery | Thriller | Vintage

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Rating 3.5 Held For Murder melodrama Movie Lover: from Pittsburgh, PA US -- August, 9, 2005

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.


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  • Sales Rank: 14,853
  • UPC: 089218480699
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