Tony Seymour and his partner, Gaby Ramarios are a dance team who perform an Apache specialty number, which ends with Tony, via a steel waistcoat with a scabbard arrangement, getting a knife...
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Tony Seymour and his partner, Gaby Ramarios are a dance team who perform an Apache specialty number, which ends with Tony, via a steel waistcoat with a scabbard arrangement, getting a knife plunked into his back but he is unharmed. Gaby is an expert knife thrower. They are auditioning for parts in "La Nouvelle Revue" which is to open in three weeks at the Alhambra of Paris. The star is Yvette Delange, described as "a beautiful woman who could not hide with the most perfect makeup the ravages of time." She also does not like rehearsals, but perks up at the sight of Tony. Alphonse de la Riviere, once a great star but now just an assistant to the producer, Morel, winces when he hears this. Later, Yvette sends Alphonse to fetch Tony to her dressing room, and informs Tony that Gaby is not invited. Tony accepts her invitation. Gaby is not pleased. Yvette is found murdered, stabbed with a knife belonging to Gaby. And Gaby is charged with murder. Tony's mission now is to clear Gaby and find ... Written by
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The earliest documented telecast of this film in New York City occurred Saturday 8 February 1947 on WNBT (Channel 4); on the West Coast it first aired in Los Angeles Wednesday 7 December 1949 on KTSL (Channel 2); for some later telecasts, such as Sunday 28 August 1950 on WPIX (Channel 11), the title was changed to 'Don't Say Die' in order to avoid confusion with the recent theatrical release _The Accused (1949)_. See more »
It's the day before the opening of the show in Paris, and star Florence Desmond wants specialty dancer Douglas Fairbanks Junior to come to her home that night. Fairbanks says no. He is in love with his dance partner and his wife, Dolores Del Rio. The show's backer talks Fairbanks into doing so, and Dolores goes off with showgirl Googie Wither. A mysterious stranger visits Desmond and demands money. She throws it at him and he stoops to pick it up. The next morning, Fairbanks and Del Rio meet in their apartment, and realize nothing has happened. It is at that point that the police arrive and arrest Miss Del Rio. Miss Desmond has been murdered with Miss Del Rio's prop knife and she is ACCUSED! The first half of this movie is pretty good, with a typically over-the-top British production number and a gypsy/Apache dance faked by Fairbanks and Del Rio. It was produced in England, with a large American component; not just the leads, but director Thorton Freeland, who was spending a few years directing in Blighty, and the script is co-written by Zoe Akins. Although the performances are fine, liberties are taken with French jurisprudence, and there are the usual startling coincidences and uncaring flics. However, the fine performances makes this watchable, if not terribly good by the final clinch.
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