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Panic on the Air (1936)

 -  Drama  -  10 April 1936 (USA)
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A radio commentator turns sleuth in a case involving kidnap ransom, murder, and a mysterious five dollar bill.


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Cast overview:
Jerry Franklin
Florence Rice ...
Mary Connor aka Cremer
Benny Baker ...
Charles C. Wilson ...
Chief Insp. Fitzgerald
Murray Alper ...
Marvin Danker
Wyrley Birch ...
Maj. Bliss
Robert Emmett Keane ...
Gene Morgan ...
Lefty Dugan
Eddie Lee ...


A radio commentator turns sleuth in a case involving kidnap ransom, murder, and a mysterious five dollar bill.

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10 April 1936 (USA)  »

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Trapped by the Wireless  »

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entertaining second feature
4 August 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Panic on the Air" is a 1936 second feature starring Lew Ayres, Florence Rice, and Benny Baker. The plot concerns the search for a $5 bill with a code on it that leads to $200,000. It keeps changing hands. Ayres plays a radio announcer who is aggravating his sponsor, a garter company.

Everyone talks very fast in this movie, which was the style. Ayres is very energetic and fun as the announcer. What I loved were the deco sets, furnishings, and those old-fashioned phones.

Florence Rice is the pretty costar who needs that $5 bill herself.

All in all, entertaining, and moves quickly.

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