Murder on the Campus

Murder on the Campus is a 1933 American Pre-Code mystery film directed by Richard Thorpe. The film is also known as On the Stroke of Nine in the United Kingdom.[1] It is based on the novel The Campanile Murders, by Whitman Chambers (Appleton, 1933).[2]

Murder on the Campus
Directed byRichard Thorpe
Produced byGeorge R. Batcheller
Written byAndrew Moses
Based onThe Campanile Murders
by Whitman Chambers
CinematographyM.A. Anderson
Distributed byChesterfield Pictures
Release date
  • October 30, 1933 (1933-10-30) (premiere)
Running time
73 minutes
CountryUnited States


Reporter Bill Bartlett is researching a piece on students, but soon finds himself investigating a murder. He hears a gunshot coming from a college bell tower, and finds himself a murder suspect when police captain Ed Kyne discovers him at the scene of the crime. Bartlett also finds himself in love with one of the chief suspects, Lillian Voyne, and is designated to cover the story as a reporter. After two more students are killed, Bartlett enlists the help of C. Edson Hawley, respected college professor and amateur detective.


Critical reception

TV Guide wrote, "the plot of this tidy suspense mystery is developed neatly, with a believable solution to the murders";[3] and Shades of Grey wrote, "after a shakey start (with some pretty lame acting by Starrett and Grey), Murder on the Campus comes together as a fine little murder mystery."[4]


  1. "Murder on the Campus". BFI.
  2. "ยป Movie Review: MURDER ON THE CAMPUS (1933)". Retrieved July 26, 2015.
  3. "Murder On The Campus".
  4. Steve Miller. "Shades of Gray".
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