If Hollywood ever produced a successful jack-of-all-trades, it was Bernard B. Ray, who also worked under the names Franklin Shamray, Ray Bernard, B.B. Ray, and Bernard B. Ray. In just over twenty years, this inimitable personality wrote, produced, directed and photographedscores of Hollywood Westerns and mystery movies. Iíll Name the Murderer is one of Rayís better-known murder mysteries, which a2zcds.com has preserved on DVD.
Flamboyant newspaper gossip columnist Tommy Tilton (Ralph Forbes) accidentally lands in Luigiís Restaurant during an evening of song and dance only to discover that his friend Ted Benson (Malcolm McGregor) is involved in the murder of Nadia Renee (Agnes Anderson) his ex-girlfriend and a greedy blackmailer. Using his tatty column, his influence with Police Captain Pop Flynn (John Cowell),his good looks and his wits, Tilton soon sniffs out the murderer, butnot before Ted Benson is arrested and another innocent girl ValerieDelroy (Claire Rochelle), who knew too much, is found floating lifelessly in a lake!
Running Time: 62 Minutes
MPAA Ratings: NR
It is amazing how director Bernard B. Ray could use an ordinary plot, ahandful of locations and a few moderately successful artists and yet come up with a thrilling cinematic adventure. Ray was a true master of low budget murder mysteries and Westerns in the 30s and 40s.
Goingby Rayís reputation, "Iíll Name The Murderer", seems to have been produced in a moment of rare generosity - for he has been lavish in the use of locales, employed an army of artists and based this narrative ona fabulously crafted plot, all of which adds up to the making of one ofhis best cinematic undertakings. Based on a strange murder mystery, the plot unfolds quite rapidly with the showy gossip columnist Tilton leading the Police Captain Flynn, a private eye Lou Baron and the audience on, through a series of bold guesses and clever lies. Tilton uses his column to smoke out the real culprit and save his pal Ted from the chair.
Few, if any, among the audience are likely to unclench their fists or stop biting their fingernails till theyd iscover who had killed the ladies - and that happens just before thescreen goes blank! One sure way of spending a delightful evening is slipping this fabulous DVD into your player and letting Bernard Ray and his troupe take over. Try it, itís sure worth the time!
"I could never figure out how Hollywood could overlook talent like Ralph Forbes when it came to the real big ones and pick up lesser mortals who did not quite measure up. Forbes deserves a huge applause for his portrayal of a flashy, quick-witted columnist in "Iíll Name the Murderer", who has the police and the ladies eating out of his hand.Forbes is largely to be credited with the success of this film and I am looking forward to another of his timeless classics on DVD!"
Sally Wallace (Richmond, Virginia)
"This is one of the most amazing plots I have come across in a low budget Hollywood mystery. You are left sitting on the edge of your seats guessing who the real culprit is, only to be completely taken by surprise at the end. All credit to the great plot and uncanny sense of timing by director B.B. Ray. Sit up mystery lovers, here is a fabulous one for you!"
Brad Evans (Brooksville, Florida)
CAST & CREW:
Bernard B. Ray
Edwin K. O'Brien - Writing Credits
James Diamond - Cinematography
Charles Henkel Jr.- Editor
Malcolm McGregor - Ted Benson (as Malcolm MacGregor)
William Bailey - William Hugo Van Ostrum, Vi's father (as William Norton Bailey)
Agnes Anderson - Nadia Renee, aka Marina Farina
Claire Rochelle - Valerie Delroy, aka Maragert O'Brien (as Mildred Claire)
Gayne Kinsey - Walton, Valerie's Dance Partner
Harry Semels - Luigi, Club Owner
Al Klein - Club Waiter
Lester Dorr - Driver (uncredited)
Phil Dunham - Ed, Newspaper Editor (uncredited)
Karl Hackett - Bill, Ted's friend (uncredited)
Gene Johnston - Club Orchestra Leader (uncredited)
Murdock MacQuarrie - Wreck Witness (uncredited)
Miki Morita - Tato (uncredited)
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