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The Crime of Helen Stanley

The Crime of Helen Stanley
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Film poster
Directed byD. Ross Lederman
Written byCharles R. Condon
Harold Shumate
StarringRalph Bellamy
Shirley Grey
Gail Patrick
CinematographyAllen G. Siegler
Edited byOtto Meyer
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Release date
  • April 20, 1934 (1934-04-20)
Running time
58 minutes
CountryUnited States

The Crime of Helen Stanley is a 1934 American pre-Code crime film directed by D. Ross Lederman and starring Ralph Bellamy, Shirley Grey and Gail Patrick.[1] The film is also known as Murder in the Studio.[2] It was the third in a series of four films featuring Bellamy as Inspector Trent of the NYPD following on from Before Midnight and One Is Guilty. The final film Girl in Danger in the sequence was released later in the year.


Inspector Trent (Bellamy) investigates the death of film star Helen Stanley (Patrick) on the set. Another actor in the film, Wallach (Stephen Chase, uncredited) believes he has killed Stanley after he put a live bullet into a prop gun when he "shot" her, and commits suicide after confessing. However the live bullet was still in Wallach's gun.

Other suspects are the cameraman, Stanley's lover Lee Davis (Richmond), her sister, Betty Lane (Grey), who is having an affair with Davis. Also in the mix are Stanley's business manager, George Noel (Page) who owed her $60,000, the director Gibson (Prival) who Stanley knew was an illegal alien, and Stanley's bodyguard, Karl Williams (Sherman), who was blackmailing her. Trent solves the mystery by reenacting the murder, where the true killer is revealed.[2]



  1. ^ Hal Erickson (2014). "The Crime of Helen Stanley". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. Baseline & All Movie Guide. Archived from the original on December 7, 2014. Retrieved November 29, 2014.
  2. ^ a b "THE CRIME OF HELEN STANLEY(1934)". Retrieved November 12, 2018.


  • Backer, Ron. Mystery Movie Series of 1930s Hollywood. McFarland, 2012.

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