Murder on the Blackboard (1934) - Rotten Tomatoes

Murder on the Blackboard (1934)





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Edna May Oliver makes the second of her three appearances as Stuart Palmer's crime-solving schoolteacher Hildegarde Withers in RKO Radio's Murder on the Blackboard. The plot begins to percolate when a young female music teacher is murdered in her classroom late at night. Also on the campus is Hildegarde Withers, staying after hours to punish an unruly student. Upon discovering the dead woman's body, Hildegarde tries to solve the mystery herself, much to the dismay of the eternally exasperated Inspector Oscar Piper (James Gleason). Clues essential to the action are a dead ant at the bottom of a liquor glass, a half-empty bottle of scotch, a blood-stained woman's slipper, and (per the title) a musical notation chalked on a blackboard, which when deciphered reveals the killer's identity.


Edna May Oliver
as Hildegarde Withers
James Gleason
as Insp. Oscar Piper
Gertrude Michael
as Jane Davis
Bruce Cabot
as Addison 'Ad' Stevens
Edgar Kennedy
as Det. Donahue
Tully Marshall
as MacFarland
Jackie Searl
as Leland Jones
Barbara Fritchie
as Louise Halloran
Gustav von Seyffertitz
as Dr. Max Von Immen
Tom Herbert
as Det. McTeague
Jed Prouty
as Dr. Levine
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Edna May Oliver is as good a comedienne as she is a detective.

October 8, 2019 | Full Review…

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