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Up for Murder is a 1931 American drama film written and directed by Monta Bell and starring Lew Ayres, Genevieve Tobin, Purnell Pratt, Richard Tucker, Frank McHugh and Frederick Burt. It was released on May 27, 1931, by Universal Pictures.[1][2][3]

Up for Murder
Theatrical release poster
Directed byMonta Bell
Screenplay byMonta Bell
Produced byMonta Bell
Carl Laemmle, Jr.
StarringLew Ayres
Genevieve Tobin
Purnell Pratt
Richard Tucker
Frank McHugh
Frederick Burt
CinematographyKarl Freund
Edited byTed J. Kent
Music byJack Foley
Heinz Roemheld
Universal Pictures
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release date
  • May 27, 1931 (1931-05-27)
Running time
68 minutes
CountryUnited States


Bob Marshall gets a promotion at a newspaper thanks to his reporter pal Collins, who owed him a favor. Marshall is assigned to be society columnist Myra Deane's escort to a ball. He falls for Myra and buys her a bracelet from his meager savings.

Arriving uninvited at her luxurious apartment, Bob is shocked to discover Myra is romantically involved with William Winter, a married man who is also their boss. Bob slugs him during a quarrel. Winter's skull hits a table and he dies, but Myra lies, insisting Winter is merely unconscious, hoping to avoid a scandal. She moves the body once Bob leaves.

Bob reads about Winter's death in the paper and turns himself in to the law as the culprit. He is convicted of murder and sentenced to be executed before Myra comes forward with the truth. Bob later receives a package with the bracelet inside, along with Myra's invitation to return it to her in person.



  1. "Up for Murder (1931) - Overview". Retrieved December 28, 2015.
  2. Sandra Brennan. "Up for Murder (1931) - Monta Bell | Synopsis, Characteristics, Moods, Themes and Related". AllMovie. Retrieved December 28, 2015.
  3. "Up for Murder". Retrieved December 28, 2015.

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