|Murder on the Campus|
|Directed by||Richard Thorpe|
|Written by||Andrew Moses|
|Based on||The Campanile Murders|
by Whitman Chambers
|Produced by||George R. Batcheller|
|Distributed by||Chesterfield Pictures|
Murder on the Campus is a 1933 American pre-Code mystery film directed by Richard Thorpe. The film is also known as On the Stroke of Nine in the United Kingdom. It is based on the novel The Campanile Murders, by Whitman Chambers (Appleton, 1933).
Reporter Bill Bartlett is researching a piece on students, but soon finds himself investigating a murder. He hears a gunshot coming from a college bell tower, and finds himself a murder suspect when police captain Ed Kyne discovers him at the scene of the crime. Bartlett also finds himself in love with one of the chief suspects, Lillian Voyne, and is designated to cover the story as a reporter. After two more men are killed, Bartlett enlists the help of C. Edson Hawley, respected college professor and amateur detective.
TV Guide wrote, "the plot of this tidy suspense mystery is developed neatly, with a believable solution to the murders"; and Shades of Grey wrote, "after a shakey start (with some pretty lame acting by Starrett and Grey), Murder on the Campus comes together as a fine little murder mystery."
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