Murder at Monte Carlo

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Murder at Monte Carlo
A still of Murder at Monte Carlo.jpg
Directed by Ralph Ince
Produced by Irving Asher
Written by Michael Barringer
Based on novel by Tom Van Dycke
Starring Errol Flynn
Cinematography Basil Emmott
Production
company
Warner Bros. First National
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release dates
  • January 1935 (1935-01) (UK)
Running time
70 minutes
Country UK
Language English

Murder at Monte Carlo is an English 1934 mystery crime thriller film directed by Ralph Ince and starring Errol Flynn, Eve Gray, Paul Graetz and Molly Lamont, the production was Flynn's debut film in a lead role in England.[1] The film is currently missing from the BFI National Archive, and is listed as one of the British Film Institute's "75 Most Wanted" lost films.[2]

Plot[edit]

A Fleet Street reporter (Errol Flynn) investigates the claim of Dr Becker, a professor of mathematics, to possess an infallible system of beating the roulette wheel at Monte Carlo. He refuses to take his fiancee Gilian (Eve Gray) along, but she decides to go anyway and report on the story for a rival paper. Dr Becker winds up dead and it looks like suicide, but Gilian is convinced it is murder. The finale involves Gilian getting all the suspects into one room and re-enacting the crime.[3]

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

The film was a "quota quickie"[4] made by Warner Brothers at their Teddington Studios in Middlesex on the edge of London. Flynn had been discovered by Irving Asher, the Managing Director of the studios, who put him under a seven-year option contract after cabling his head office in Hollywood: "He is the best picture bet we have ever seen. He is twenty-five, Irish, looks like a cross between Charles Farrell and George Brent, same type and build, excellent actor, champion boxer & swimmer, guarantee he's a real find". Before this, Flynn had done some work as an extra at the Studios in the film I Adore You in 1933, and had then spent several months as an acting trainee with a repertory theatre company in Northampton, before returning to Teddington seeking a way to break into movie acting.[5] The film was completed in November 1934 and Flynn left England for Hollywood soon afterwards.[6]

Release[edit]

The film was never released theatrically in the US. But in February 1956, Jack Warner sold the rights to all of his pre-December 1949 films to Associated Artists Productions (which merged with United Artists Television in 1958, and later was subsequently acquired by Turner Broadcasting System in early 1986 as part of a failed takeover of MGM/UA by Ted Turner).

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Murder at Monte Carlo (1935)". British Film Institute. 
  2. ^ "Murder at Monte Carlo / BFI Most Wanted". British Film Institute. 
  3. ^ "Promising Australians / Fame Around the Corner". The Argus. 30 September 1935. p. 4. 
  4. ^ "Teddington Studios Introduction". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved 5 June 2014. 
  5. ^ Connelly, Gerry 'Errol Flynn in Northampton' (Pub. Domra, 1998)
  6. ^ Tony Thomas, Rudy Behlmer, Clifford McCarty, The Films of Errol Flynn, Citadel Press, 1969, p. 23

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