Murder in the Fleet, 1935, Will Be On TCM on Demand until December 4

If, like me, you managed to miss Murder in the Fleet, 1935, on November 27, it will be available on TCM Movies In Demand through December 4.

Robert Taylor after a few loan outs and small parts got his career launched in this entertaining film about some murders done on a naval vessel. Someone will stop at nothing to see that the Navy does not carry out some tests of a new naval gun.

Frank W. Wead who was the subject of John Ford’s Wings of Eagles wrote this story and while there’s no threat to Agatha Christie posed by Wead, still it is a most entertaining story.

There are enough red herrings in this story to be a catch for a whole fishing trip. One of the better suspects was Mischa Auer, made up as an Oriental, to play the part of a visiting Asian dignitary. No names mentioned, but he looks very suspiciously like one of the Japanese diplomats photographed at places like the London Naval Disarmament Conference. I think Spig Wead was trying to tell us something there.

We’ve also got a reporter who can’t file his story, an industrialist trying to bribe Taylor, his girlfriend who wants Taylor to leave the Navy, and a few more. When you reach the end it won’t be who you might have thought.

Murder in the Fleet was a B picture, running only 70 minutes. Very soon Taylor would be an A list star. With those looks, how could he miss?  Review by bkoganbing for the IMDb.

A few photos:
Left to right: Robert Taylor; with Jean Parker; with Jean Hersholt
Left to right: Edward Sedgwick, Director with Taylor and Parker; Parker and Taylor; Taylor, Parker and Una Merkel.

About giraffe44

I became a Robert Taylor fan at the age of 15 when his TV show, "The Detectives" premiered. My mother wanted to watch it because she remembered Mr. Taylor from the thirties. I took one look and that was it. I spent the rest of my high school career watching Robert Taylor movies on late night TV, buying photos of him, making scrapbooks and being a typical teenager. College, marriage and career intervened. I remember being sad when Mr. Taylor died. I mailed two huge scrapbooks to Ursula Thiess. I hope she got them. Time passed, retirement, moving to Florida. Then in 2012 my husband Fred pointed that there were two Robert Taylor movies that evening on Turner Classic Movies--"Ivanhoe" and "Quentin Durward." I watched both and it happened all over again. I started this blog both for fans and for people who didn't know about Robert Taylor. As the blog passes 200,000 views I'm delighted that so many people have come by and hope it will help preserve the legacy of this fine actor and equally good man.
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