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Transatlantic Merry-Go-Round (1934)

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Underworld king Lee Lother has been killed aboard a ocean liner, several people could have been the murderer. There is his mistress Anya Roysen, a married woman, who was jealous of his ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gene Raymond ...
Sally Marsh
Chad Denby
Sydney Howard ...
Dan Campbell, the Drunk
Sid Silvers ...
Frank Parker ...
Frank Parker - Tenor Singer
Lee Lother
Herbert Rosson
Shirley Grey ...
Anya Rosson
Patsy Clarke
Sam Hardy ...
William 'Stage' Boyd ...
Joe Saunders (as William Boyd)
Robert Elliott ...
Inspector 'Mac' McKinney
Ned Marsh (as Carlyle Moore)


Underworld king Lee Lother has been killed aboard a ocean liner, several people could have been the murderer. There is his mistress Anya Roysen, a married woman, who was jealous of his flirtations with his old moll, night club singer Sally Marsh, who had agreed for one last night with Lother, to get her younger brother Ned out of the Lother's clutches because he has faked Lother's name on a check to pay his gambling debts. Then there is Sally's new flame Jimmy Brett, a con man and gentlemen thief, who has out-tricked Lother in a fixed poker game, and is, together with shorty, after the ladies jewels. Inspector McKinney suspects Joe Saunders, a recently released convict, who was arrested due to some tips by Lother, but Ned and Sally insist that they committed the crime alone. Written by Stephan Eichenberg <>

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2 November 1934 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Keep 'Em Laughing  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Wide Range Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This is purportedly the first time the term "Rock 'n' Roll", the title of the song performed by the Boswell Sisters, is used in a movie. See more »


Sally Marsh: [after having told Jimmy Brett that she'd got quite a past] So if you have an appointment elsewhere, I'll excuse you.
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Spoofs Grand Hotel (1932) See more »


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Music by Richard A. Whiting
Lyrics by Sidney Clare
Performed by Jean Sargent, The Boswell Sisters and Chorus
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A fine Benny Film!!
5 September 2003 | by (Willoughby, OH, USA) – See all my reviews

This little gem of a movie is getting harder and harder to find. It is almost 70 years old. All of the stars in this film may have been well known then but they, except for Jack Benny, are almost all unknown to viewers today.

The story is centered around a well known actress and a thief that fall in love on the cruise. She has connections to a crime boss and is trying to protect her criminal brother from the same crime boss he owes money to. The thief begins by stealing on board the boat and swindles and steals from just about everybody he sees along with his partner who works on ship as a steward. A police detective on vacation begins to figure what the thief is up to and later on attempts to solve the murder of the crime boss. In the end all the loose ends are tied up and the thief and the actress resolve their differences and move forward with their relationship.

The story is good and the support case is great. Jack Benny plays a well know radio personality that is providing the ship board entertainment along with the rest of his cast and staff. He is the quick witted, street smart good guy that has everyone pegged and helps to direct the other passengers in the right direction.

This film has several good musical numbers, typical of the day, and the comedy holds up well by todays standards. If you are able to locate this film or see that it is being aired give it a try. My guess is that you will be glad that you did.

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