Death at Broadcasting House
|Death at Broadcasting House|
Jack Hawkins as Herbert Evans
|Directed by||Reginald Denham|
|Produced by||Hugh Perceval|
|Screenplay by||Val Gielgud, Holt Marvell & Basil Mason|
|Based on||Death at Broadcasting House|
by Val Gielgud & Holt Marvell
|Music by||Ord Hamilton|
|Edited by||Reginald Beck|
|Distributed by||Associated British Film Distributors (UK)|
The original plot comes from a novel of the same name, set in what was then the mysterious world of radio in what was then the BBC's new broadcasting centre, Broadcasting House. It was written in 1934 by Val Gielgud – brother of John Gielgud and at that time the BBC's Head of Productions – and "Holt Marvell" - actually Eric Maschwitz, a lyricist and writer for films and the BBC.
In the same year, it was made into the film, directed by Reginald Denham, with Ian Hunter (best known as King Richard I in the 1938 Adventures of Robin Hood) as the detective, Donald Wolfit as the murder victim, and Val Gielgud himself as the drama producer, Julian Caird. The film sticks closely to the plot of the book, but is lighter in tone, and capitalizes on the glamour of broadcasting by including a number of cameo appearances by radio stars, among them Hannen Swaffer, Gillie Potter, Elisabeth Welch and Percival Mackey. During the investigation, the detective uses a recording of the radio programme during which the murder occurred, and he refers to the "Blattnerphone", one of the first sound-recording machines, and one of which had actually been installed at Broadcasting House in March 1932.
- Ian Hunter as Detective Inspector Gregory
- Austin Trevor as Leopold Dryden
- Lilian Oldland as Joan Dryden
- Henry Kendall as Rodney Fleming
- Val Gielgud as Julian Caird
- Peter Haddon as Guy Bannister
- Betty Ann Davies as Poppy Levine
- Jack Hawkins as Herbert Evans
- Donald Wolfit as Sydney Parsons
- Robert Rendel as Sir Herbert Farquharson
- Bruce Lester as Peter Ridgewell
- "Death at Broadcasting House (1934)". IMDb. 2014. Retrieved 15 November 2014.
- Gielgud, Val; Marvell, Holt (1934). Death at Broadcasting House. Rich & Cowan.