Murder by Television

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Murder by Television
Film poster for Murder by Television
Directed by Clifford Sanforth
Produced by Harry Joe Brown
Written by Joseph O'Donnell
Starring Bela Lugosi
June Collyer
Huntley Gordon
George Meeker
Music by Oliver Wallace
Cinematography James S. Brown Jr.
Edited by Leslie F. Wilder
Cameo Pictures Corp.
Distributed by Imperial Distributing Corp.
Release date
  • October 1, 1935 (1935-10-01)
Running time
55 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Murder by Television (1935) is an American mystery film starring Bela Lugosi, June Collyer, and Huntley Gordon. The film is also known as The Houghland Murder Case. The cast also includes Hattie McDaniel.[1]


James Houghland (Mailes), 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, who then send agents to acquire the invention any way they can.

On the night of his initial broadcast Houghland is mysteriously murdered in the middle of his demonstration and it falls to Police Chief Nelson (Mowbray) to determine who the murderer is from the many suspects present.



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