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Transatlantic Merry-Go-Round (1934)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical, Mystery | 2 November 1934 (USA)
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:
Sally Marsh
Chad Denby
Sydney Howard ...
Dan Campbell, the Drunk
Sid Silvers ...
Frank Parker ...
Frank Parker - Tenor Singer
Lee Lother
Herbert Rosson
Anya Rosson
Patsy Clarke
Sam Hardy ...
Joe Saunders (as William Boyd)
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 <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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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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Featured in Hooray for Hollywood (1975) See more »


If I had a Million
Music by Matty Malneck
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
Sung by The Boswell Sisters
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Shipboard drama with mystery, comedy, romance, and big musical numbers
6 September 2016 | by (Minnesota) – See all my reviews

Gene Raymond and Nancy Carroll lead a large cast in this entertaining but sometimes confounding ocean liner mystery. There's a lot going on:

Con man Gene Raymond boards the ship and immediately sets his sights on Nancy Carroll as a likely target; predictably, their relationship grows into something more complicated than he planned. Gangster Sidney Blackmer is also aboard, blackmailing and threatening right and left. Police inspector Robert Elliot is on a holiday but finds himself quickly pressed back into service when a man is murdered two days into the voyage.

Jack Benny plays a radio personality in charge of entertainment on the ship; his little troupe puts on a show that offers an interesting glimpse of Benny early in his radio career (but distracts from the film's plot, such as it is)—a skit, a song or two, and a big dance production, Busby Berkeley style, that looks great.

Another subplot involves cranky old Ralph Morgan and his runaway wife Shirley Grey….everything kinds of ties together by the end, but I have to say that with all of the musical and comic interludes it's a bit hard to follow.

Very enjoyable and certainly not boring—but it kind of left me scratching my head.

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