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Lightning Strikes Twice (1934)

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Three apparent murders and a pair of imposters disrupt the lives of an engaged couple.



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Complete credited cast:
Laura Hope Crews ...
Wally Richards (as 'Skeets' Gallagher)
Walter Catlett ...
Jonathan Hale ...
Capt. Hobart Nelson (as John Hale)
Margaret Armstrong ...
Martha, the Housekeeper
John Davidson ...
Phillips, the Butler
Fred Kelsey ...
Detective Dugan
Edgar Dearing ...
Police Lt. Foster
Roger Gray ...
Officer Casey


A crazed gunman fires a shot. As officer Casey reports the assumed murder to headquarters another shot is fired causing Casey to fall. Police rush to the scene, led by Lieutenant Foster, who backs into a hole in the street. Both missing policemen are assumed murdered, but actually, they fell into a sewer system unharmed and can't get out. Next morning, housekeeper Martha discovers the butler missing and blood-stained sheets on his bed, and assumes he's been murdered. When her employer and his friend awaken, they (Steve Brewster and Wally Richards) discover that in their drunken stupor the night before, they crashed the car into the garage, and two injured passengers are in an upstairs bedroom. The two are fan dancer Fay and her husband Gus, both performing at the nightclub Steve and Wally attended, and are faking injury now to see what they can get out of it. Since the room was being prepared for Steve's fiancée and her father (Judy and naval Captain Hobart Nelson), who are expected ... Written by Arthur Hausner <>

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7 December 1934 (USA)  »

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(RCA Victor System)

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1.37 : 1
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Early farce has plenty of laughs
1 May 2008 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

This is a fast-moving farce, the type of thing that Leon Errol would be doing at RKO a few years later. Ben Lyon and Skeets Gallagher, drunk after a stag party, cause a slight accident with Pert Kelton and hubby Walter Catlett. The latter pair wind up disguising themselves as Lyon's fiancé and her father. Laura Hope "Aunt Pittypat" Crews is Lyon's loony aunt who finds the bogus pair charming. All the while John Davidson is sneaking around as a supposed murderer. Great comedy cast topped off in the third act by the entrance of Fred Kelsey as the detective. Thelma Todd is lovely (of course) as Lyon's real fiancé and her role is limited in that respect. Skeets steals the show and, for once, Chick Chandler's excessive mugging is charming and whimsical. All in all, lots of smiles for this fluffy RKO quickie.

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