Death from a Distance (1935)

Genres - Mystery  |   Sub-Genres - Detective Film, Whodunit  |   Release Date - Sep 17, 1935 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 73 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Partially filmed at the-then newly completed Griffith Park Observatory in the Hollywood hills, Death From a Distance is fairly typical of small-scale Invincible Pictures Corp. As a whodunit, the little thriller is not all that different from a host of other low-budget 1930s potboilers, but an engaging cast and sets borrowed from Universal's The Invisible Ray at least makes Death From a Distance one of the best-looking examples of the genre. Producer Lon Young, a former stage magician, had the foresight to employ one of Hollywood's best special-effects wizards, Jack Cosgrove, and technically, the film is on par with anything coming from Columbia and Universal. George Marion, who had played Greta Garbo's boozy father in Anna Christie (1930), makes a flamboyant killer and Wheeler Oakman, Cornelius Keefe, and John Davidson, all veterans of the genre, are the perfect red herrings.