Philip Trent is tired of playing film detective Shelby James. He thinks that the stories are tripe and plans a vacation to get away from Hollywood. But on the ship, he meets a mysterious ... See full summary »
Philip Trent is tired of playing film detective Shelby James. He thinks that the stories are tripe and plans a vacation to get away from Hollywood. But on the ship, he meets a mysterious young woman and then finds a body, only to find out that the whole affair was staged by Peter Dean - author of the Shelby James novels. But then Mr. Van Mier is found murdered in the same way and the Dragon diamond is missing. No matter what Philip tries to do, he finds himself involved with the crime and meddles his way through it looking for the killer and the diamond - with the help of author Dean. Written by
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actor detective gets involved with real murder case
For those of you familiar with The Thin Man starring William Powell and Myrna Loy, you will see many similarities but I believe this is not nearly as good as Powell and Loy together. Edmund Lowe is an actor who plays a detective but is tired of doing the same thing so he wants to take a vacation to get away from what he considers poor detective stories. On the ship he meets up with his co star for the movie, Peter Dean played by Ellisa Landi. They accidentally get involved in a real murder and can't seem to get out of several "scrapes" together. They do all right as a couple but again, I believe this movie tried to copy The Thin Man style and didn't do too well. There's a lot of slapstick in this movie so if you enjoy that from the '30's you will enjoy this movie. All in all it isn't too bad so I gave it a 5 but no higher. If you enjoyed this movie you will love The Thin Man series so I highly recommend any of those.
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