Grief Street

Grief Street is a 1931 American pre-Code mystery crime film directed by Richard Thorpe and starring Barbara Kent and John Holland. It was produced and distributed by the Chesterfield Motion Pictures Corporation.

Grief Street
theatrical release poster
Directed byRichard Thorpe
Produced byGeorge R. Batcheller (uncredited)
Story byArthur Hoerl (& continuity)
StarringBarbara Kent
John Holland
CinematographyM.A. Anderson
Distributed byChesterfield Motion Pictures Corp.
Release date
  • October 1, 1931 (1931-10-01) (US)
Running time
64 minutes
CountryUnited States


A womanizing matinée idol is found strangled in his dressing room. The door is locked from the inside and there is no other way into the room. He had been having an affair with his leading lady, while his actress wife is doing the same with the stage manager. Everyone, including a young actress who had been fired from the play, and an old actor now relegated to a stage-doorman, has a motive. The explanation for the murder lies within the script of the play.


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