Under Cover of Night (1937)

Genres - Mystery  |   Sub-Genres - Detective Film  |   Run Time - 70 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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For a studio specializing in glossy soap operas, costume pictures and musicals, MGM made an inordinate number of "B"-grade crime thrillers in 1937. The first on the docket that year was Under Cover of Night, starring Edmund Lowe as intrepid sleuth Christopher Cross. This time the killer is an overachieving psychopath who strikes only at night, and is unaware that he is a murderer. Thus, the question here is not "who done it," but rather -- when will Christopher Cross catch on to what the audience knows almost from the beginning. The best performance is rendered by Henry Daniell as the respectable college professor who literally moonlights as the killer. MGM would resurrect the "Christopher Cross" character as a female private eye (played by Joyce Compton) in 1939's Sky Murder.

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killing, college, detective, heart-attack, investigation, murder, private-detective, professor, research, scientist, wife