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> Didn't Ramon die much later in life though? I know

> he was murdered, which was just ghastly...but I

> thought he was quite a bit older when that

> happened....like maybe he didn't die young like

> Valentino did. I thought he died tragically...but

> not particularly young.

 

Yes, he was in his sixties I believe. Novarro was gay, and picked up two hustlers in LA. They beat him to death as part of a robbery, although they never found the cash they were looking for. He was still working as an actor at the time, appearing mostly in television.

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Yeah...that sounds like what I read a while back.

 

Just horrible. :(

 

Did they ever catch the guys who killed him? I hope so!

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Yes, they did, because in one of those incredible Stupid Crook Stories, one of them made a long distance phone call to his girlfriend while Novarro was being killed and his house ransacked. Police tracked her down and she told them everything.

 

A short article with details is here.

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I saw The Kennel Murder Case comes on tomorrow morning and it is 1933. Does anyone know if this is a good example of a pre-code? I'm planning on catching it...

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> I saw The Kennel Murder Case comes on tomorrow

> morning and it is 1933. Does anyone know if this is a

> good example of a pre-code? I'm planning on catching

> it...

 

BHF, I caught most of this, and while it was made in the right era, it's not really what one would think of as a pre-code. Not every movie made during the early 30s contained the elements that make up a pre-code.

 

Incidentally, be sure to catch the "Complicated Women" documentary tomorrow night. I mentioned it in conjunction with the book, but the show is good as well. It's an informative look at women's roles before the code.

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Mr. Parker, I haven't watched it yet but I recorded it early this morning. But I see what you're saying... I'll be sure and record that documentary and check it out. My local library has nothing on the subject so perhaps it will be helpful.

 

Thanks.

 

bhf1940

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Well, The Kennel Murder Case is worth watching for William Powell alone!

 

He is always so good, and this film will probably be no exception!

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