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As evidenced by its title, Chesterfield's The King Murder was partially inspired by the infamous Dot King extortion case of the early 1930s. Before the film is even half over, three murders have been committed. The first victim is a blonde trollop who'd been blackmailing a prominent millionaire. The second unfortunate is the cop assigned to guard the blonde's body. And the third killing neatly disposes of the man responsible for the first murder. The culprit is eventually done in by his own murder weapon, a poisoned needle. For some unknown reason, the New York prints of The King Murder were five minutes shorter than those prepared for Los Angeles run.