The Crime of Helen Stanley

The Crime of Helen Stanley is a 1934 American Pre-Code crime film directed by D. Ross Lederman.[1] The film is also known as Murder in the Studio.[2]

The Crime of Helen Stanley
Film poster
Directed byD. Ross Lederman
Written byCharles R. Condon
Harold Shumate
StarringRalph Bellamy
CinematographyAllen G. Siegler
Edited byOtto Meyer
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Release date
  • April 20, 1934 (1934-04-20)
Running time
58 minutes
CountryUnited States


Inspector Trent (Bellamy) investigates the death of film star Helen Stanley (Patrick) on the set. Another actor in the film, Wallach (Stephen Chase, uncredited) believes he has killed Stanley after he put a live bullet into a prop gun when he "shot" her, and commits suicide after confessing. However the live bullet was still in Wallach's gun. Other suspects are the cameraman, Stanley's lover Lee Davis (Richmond), her sister, Betty Lane (Grey), who is having an affair with Davis. Also in the mix are Stanley's business manager, George Noel (Page) who owed her $60,000, the director Gibson (Prival) who Stanley knew was an illegal alien, and Stanley's bodyguard, Karl Williams (Sherman), who was blackmailing her. Trent solves the mystery by reenacting the murder, where the true killer is revealed.[2]



  1. "The Crime of Helen Stanley". New York Times. Archived from the original on December 7, 2014. Retrieved November 29, 2014.
  2. "THE CRIME OF HELEN STANLEY(1934)". Retrieved November 12, 2018.
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