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November-December 2020

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7 4 P E R S P E C T I V E | N O V E M B E R / D E C E M B E R 2 0 2 0 RESHOOTS B Y N I K K I R U D L O F F, A S S O C I A T E E D I T O R S E L E C T I O N S F R O M T H E A D G A R C H I V E S These images from the ADG Archives are from the 1936 movie set Murder by an Aristocrat. A mystery feature based on a novel by Mignon G. Eberhart, who had one of the longest careers among mystery writers (from the 1920s to 1980s). By the end of the 1930s, Eberhart had become the leading female crime novelist in the United States and was one of the highest- paid female crime novelists in the world, next to Agatha Christie. Murder by an Aristocrat's plot has Bayard, hated by everyone in his family, blackmailing the family into which he has married. Bayard is shot and his nurse is determined to figure out who-done-it. The film's sets were designed by the Art Director Hugh Reticker. Originally from Rock Island, Illinois, he worked on more than seventy films during his career, including The Widow from Monte Carlo (1935), You Can't Get Away with Murder (1939), Gambling on the High Seas (1940), The Great Mr. Nobody (1941) and Across the Pacific (1942). He was an Art Director at Warner Bros. from 1935 to 1950. A. SET PHOTO ON MURDER BY AN ARISTOCRAT OF LIVING ROOM. B. SET PHOTO ON MURDER BY AN ARISTOCRAT OF DAVE'S STUDY OR THE LIBRARY. B A

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