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This week’s movie is a horror classic titled Murder by Television. When it comes to classic horror films, Murder by Television (1935) is a hidden gem worth exploring.
Starring the iconic Bela Lugosi alongside June Collyer and Huntley Gordon, this movie holds a special place in the hearts of old-school horror enthusiasts.
What sets this film apart from others of its time is its unique storyline revolving around experimental television broadcasts that are connected to mysterious deaths.
The inventor of a new method by which television signals can be instantaneously sent anywhere in the world, refuses to sell the process to television companies.
On the night of his initial demonstration broadcast, the inventor is mysteriously murdered and it falls to the Police Chief to uncover who the murderer is from the many suspects present!
Lugosi’s performance as Professor James Hargrave is captivating, showcasing his ability to embody both charm and sinister intentions simultaneously.
One of the most intriguing aspects is how Murder by Television explores the fears and skepticism surrounding new technologies in the 1930s.
While television was still relatively novel at that time, this film delves into the darker possibilities associated with this groundbreaking medium.
The plot keeps viewers on their toes as they try to unravel the connection between murder and televised transmissions, adding an extra layer of suspense throughout the movie.
Despite some limitations due to its era, Murder by Television remains an enjoyable watch for several reasons.
The friendly tone prevalent throughout the movie creates a welcoming atmosphere for audiences looking for charming vintage horror flicks.
Additionally, Bela Lugosi’s portrayal showcases his range beyond just playing Dracula-type characters, making it a must-see for Lugosi fans seeking out more diverse roles he undertook during his career.
Enjoy this classic folks !