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Are You Listening? (1932)

Passed  -  Drama  -  21 March 1932 (USA)
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A radio announcer accidentally kills his wife, then leads an on-air hunt for her killer.



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Cast overview:
Bill Grimes
Laura O'Neil
Sally O'Neil
Karen Morley ...
Alice Grimes
Jack Clayton
Wallace Ford ...
Larry Barnes
George Wagner
Joan Marsh ...
Honey O'Neil
John Miljan ...
Ted Russell
Murray Kinnell ...
Mrs. Peters


A radio announcer accidentally kills his wife, then leads an on-air hunt for her killer.

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William Haines in His Final MGM Film
8 February 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In his final film for MGM, William Haines seems rather subdued here in a film that starts out as a romantic comedy/drama but then turns into a murder melodrama. If nothing else, this film proves that Haines could play it "straight" and not always fall back on his "silly billy" character.

Haines plays a radio writer married (but separated) to a sullen and greedy woman (Karen Morley) while he romances a co-worker (Madge Evans). Morley will not give up her meal ticket and bleeds Haines of everything he's got. But after he loses his job, Morley goes berserk and is accidentally killed.

In a subplot, Evans' roommate (Anita Page) who works at the radio station, takes in her kid sister (Joan Marsh) who goes wild in the big city and gets involved with older men (Jean Hersholt, Neil Hamilton).

In a neat twist, the radio, which is at first seen as a mindless form of entertainment, spoofed via the hokey shows Haines writes, turns deadly as a ruthless newspaper man (John Miljan) uses the radio to persecute and hunt down Haines after the death of his wife.

It all seems like a minor MGM film, but there are some interesting themes here. The ending is quite surprising.

As always, Haines is terrific. Evans and Page are solid here as is Morley as the nasty wife. Co-stars include Wallace Ford, Hattie McDaniel, Ethel Griffies, Herman Bing, and Charley Grapewin.

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