Muss 'Em Up

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Muss 'Em Up
Lobby card
Directed byCharles Vidor
Doran Cox (assistant)
Written byErwin Gelsey
Produced byPandro S. Berman
StarringPreston Foster
Margaret Callahan
Alan Mowbray
Ralph Morgan
CinematographyJ. Roy Hunt
Joseph August
Edited byJack Hively
Music byRoy Webb
Distributed byRKO Radio Pictures
Release dates
  • February 1, 1936 (1936-02-01) (Premiere-New York City)[1]
  • February 14, 1936 (1936-02-14) (US)[1]
Running time
70 minutes
CountryUnited States

Muss 'Em Up is a 1936 American mystery detective film directed by Charles Vidor from a screenplay by Erwin Gelsey. RKO Radio pictures premiered the film in New York City on February 1, 1936, with a nationwide opening on February 14. The film stars Preston Foster and Margaret Callahan, with a supporting cast which includes Alan Mowbray, Ralph Morgan, Big Boy Williams, and Maxie Rosenbloom.


Private detective and former police officer “Tip O’Neill” is hired by a wealthy aristocrat to solve the shooting of his dog. The intrigue continues, with kidnapping, police abuse, assault, and ransom as more characters are murdered, and betrayal within his own household leads to an unexpected conclusion.



  1. ^ a b "Muss 'Em Up: Detail View". American Film Institute. Archived from the original on March 29, 2014. Retrieved September 9, 2014.

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