Murder on a Honeymoon (1935)

72-75 mins | Comedy | 22 February 1935

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HISTORY

The working title of this film was Puzzle of the Pepper Tree . HR production charts add Bill Dooley and Harry Allen to the cast, while HR news items add James Burtis and Virginia Reid. Their appearance in the final film has not been confirmed. According to a HR news item, scenes for the film were shot at Santa Catalina Island off the southern California coast. Murder on a Honeymoon was the third film in the Hildegarde Withers-Oscar Piper series, and the last production in which Edna May Oliver played the Hildegarde Withers character. For more information concerning the series, consult the Series Index and See Entry for Penguin Pool Murder ... More Less

The working title of this film was Puzzle of the Pepper Tree . HR production charts add Bill Dooley and Harry Allen to the cast, while HR news items add James Burtis and Virginia Reid. Their appearance in the final film has not been confirmed. According to a HR news item, scenes for the film were shot at Santa Catalina Island off the southern California coast. Murder on a Honeymoon was the third film in the Hildegarde Withers-Oscar Piper series, and the last production in which Edna May Oliver played the Hildegarde Withers character. For more information concerning the series, consult the Series Index and See Entry for Penguin Pool Murder . More Less

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DATE
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Daily Variety
11 Dec 34
p. 3.
Daily Variety
21 Jan 35
p. 3.
Film Daily
14 Feb 35
p. 4.
HF
22 Dec 34
p. 30.
Hollywood Reporter
13 Dec 34
p. 5.
Hollywood Reporter
19 Dec 34
p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter
7 Jan 35
p. 11.
Hollywood Reporter
11 Jan 35
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
21 Jan 35
p. 3.
Motion Picture Daily
22 Jan 35
p. 6.
Motion Picture Herald
12 Jan 35
p. 58.
Motion Picture Herald
2 Feb 35
p. 55, 58
New York Times
4 Mar 35
p. 12.
Variety
6 Mar 35
p. 20.
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LITERARY
Based on the novel The Puzzle of the Pepper Tree by Stuart Palmer (New York, 1933).
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Alternate Title:
Puzzle of the Pepper Tree
Release Date:
22 February 1935
Production Date:
11 December 1934--10 January 1935
Copyright Claimant:
RKO Radio Pictures, inc.
Copyright Date:
22 February 1935
Copyright Number:
LP5346
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Victor System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
72-75
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
PCA No:
563
SYNOPSIS

While flying to Santa Catalina Island, schoolteacher and amateur detective Hildegarde Withers witnesses the sudden death of fellow passenger Roswell T. Forrest. Although Britt, the Catalina police chief, insists that Forrest died of a heart attack, Hildegarde is confident that Forrest was murdered and wires her friend, Inspector Oscar Piper, in New York City. There, Oscar learns that Forrest was to be a state's witness against a gang of mobsters, and that a mobster named McArthur was offering $10,000 for Forrest's death. Convinced now that Forrest was murdered, Britt begins to question the plane passengers, which include Joseph B. Tate, a motion picture director, would-be actress Phyllis La Font, newlyweds Kay and Marvin Deving, and Captain Beegle, a retired rumrunner. In front of the suspects, Hildegarde theorizes that Forrest was poisoned and establishes that several of the witnesses had the opportunity to kill him. Soon after, Oscar arrives and discovers that Forrest's body has been stolen from the police station. Sure that the killer is always the least likely suspect, Oscar accuses the Devings of the crime until Hildegarde informs him that Tate, who had offered Forrest a drink from his whiskey flask, had been covering up the fact that his flask had a secret compartment. In addition, Kay reveals the next day that she saw the plane's pilots apparently stealing Forrest's body from the station. After Oscar unsuccessfully grills the pilots and Tate, Hildegarde discovers that Arthur T. Mack, a fellow hotel guest, has left an envelope containing $10,000 in a post office box and assumes that Arthur T. Mack is an alias for McArthur. Then, Marvin is shot and killed ... +


While flying to Santa Catalina Island, schoolteacher and amateur detective Hildegarde Withers witnesses the sudden death of fellow passenger Roswell T. Forrest. Although Britt, the Catalina police chief, insists that Forrest died of a heart attack, Hildegarde is confident that Forrest was murdered and wires her friend, Inspector Oscar Piper, in New York City. There, Oscar learns that Forrest was to be a state's witness against a gang of mobsters, and that a mobster named McArthur was offering $10,000 for Forrest's death. Convinced now that Forrest was murdered, Britt begins to question the plane passengers, which include Joseph B. Tate, a motion picture director, would-be actress Phyllis La Font, newlyweds Kay and Marvin Deving, and Captain Beegle, a retired rumrunner. In front of the suspects, Hildegarde theorizes that Forrest was poisoned and establishes that several of the witnesses had the opportunity to kill him. Soon after, Oscar arrives and discovers that Forrest's body has been stolen from the police station. Sure that the killer is always the least likely suspect, Oscar accuses the Devings of the crime until Hildegarde informs him that Tate, who had offered Forrest a drink from his whiskey flask, had been covering up the fact that his flask had a secret compartment. In addition, Kay reveals the next day that she saw the plane's pilots apparently stealing Forrest's body from the station. After Oscar unsuccessfully grills the pilots and Tate, Hildegarde discovers that Arthur T. Mack, a fellow hotel guest, has left an envelope containing $10,000 in a post office box and assumes that Arthur T. Mack is an alias for McArthur. Then, Marvin is shot and killed in the Avalon casino as he is about to reveal information about Forrest. Eventually, Oscar and Hildegarde determine that the man who called himself Forrest actually was named Kelsey, and that the real Forrest, who has arrived on the island, hired Kelsey to impersonate him. After Hildegarde finds a pack of poisoned cigarettes and confronts Mack about the murder, Mack is killed. On a hunch, Hildegarde takes Oscar to see Kay and offers her a cigarette from the poisoned pack. Kay nervously turns down the cigarette and then draws a gun on Hildegarde. Overcome by Oscar, Kay confesses that Marvin had slipped Kelsey a poison cigarette on the plane, then was murdered by Mack, whose crime was avenged by Kay. +

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