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The Price of a Song
Film Pictorial: October 5th 1935
The Price of a Song (1935) Campbell Gullan Arnold Grierson Marjorie Corbett Margaret Nevern Eric Maturin Nevern Gerald Fielding Michael Hardwick Dora Barton Letty Grierson Charles Mortimer Oliver Bloom Oriel Ross Elsie Henry Caine Stringer Sybil Grove Mrs. Bancroft Felix Aylmer Graham Cynthia Stock Miss Brush Mavis Clair Maudie Bancroft Fox British Director: Michael Powell, "A."
Running time: 67 minutes
Plot of this film has probably been inspired by the success of Ten Minute Alibi *, because as a basis there is a very similar idea. So far as the story is concerned, it has been very ingeniously worked out; but its minor details spoil what might have been a very creditable film.
Arnold Grierson, an impoverished clerk, kills his daughter's husband, hoping to re-establish his fortunes with the money which will come to her. He works out an elaborate scheme for a complete alibi and then is given away by the casual whistling of a song which only the murderer could have known. Unforunately, the author has fallen down in his inginuity because he has neglected to provide an alibi which was absolutely water-tight. Notwithstanding this, the film is gripping and the main characters extremely well-cast. Campbell Gullan in particular is excellent.
* This could be a reference to the film of that name also released in 1935 or the play that that film was based on.
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