Edward Garea | 06/19/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I suppose we're all being murdered by television to some degree but here the title is somewhat miseading. Its not really murder BY television (as in forcing someone to watch Jim Carey, for example) but murder ON television.This minor quibble aside, MBT is incomprehensible, dull, has offensive racial stereotypes and acting not unlike Plan 9. So what's not to like? I knocked off one star as this isn't one of Bella's films that also stars the Bowery Boys...sigh...Oh - to add to the hilarity the print has more scratches than a driver's ed movie with some bits spliced out altogether. In short, its great! Highly reccomended."
Not Even Twin Belas Can Save This One
Edward Garea | Branchville, New Jersey United States | 01/06/2005
(2 out of 5 stars)
"This is a dull mystery centered around the inventor of a television system. Suddenly, the inventor is killed right as he is making a broadcast. Whodunit? Prime among the suspects is Bela Lugosi, who plays the inventor's assistant. But no, it's not Bela. We discover him to be just another red herring as he is killed later on in the film. However, all is not lost. Bela's twin brother (?), a federal inspector, shows up and in only five minutes, unmasks the killer. Why couldn't he have shown up thirty minutes before and saved us all this dull talk? Look for Hattie McDaniel in an early role as the stereotypical servant. This obscure feature (it scarcely played any dates when originally released back in 1935) is recommended only for die-hard mystery fans and hardcore Bela fans."
Sometimes I wish I wasn't a Bela Lugosi fan
NoWireHangers | Sweden | 10/23/2007
(1 out of 5 stars)
"Bela Lugosi was a wonderful actor and he always put his heart into his performances, regardless of the film's quality. But there are times that I wish I wasn't a Lugosi fans, and one of those times ws when watching "Murder by Television". Apart from Lugosi, this movie has nothing going for it. It is dull, even at less than one hour, and the plot is completely uninteresting. And even Lugosi's performance isn't that interesting, since he's given no opportunity to show what he's capable of.
Save your time and money. Re-watch one of his other movies instead. If you really need to see this movie, it's in the public domain and can be legally downloaded for free."
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Dr. Serizawa | Utah USA | 02/29/2008
(2 out of 5 stars)
"... in buying this movie. It is also included in the "50 Classic Mysteries" movie set that you can get for under $15 here on Amazon."