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Forty Naughty Girls (1937)

Approved  |   |  Action, Comedy, Crime  |  24 September 1937 (USA)
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While Oscar and Hildegarde are attending a Broadway show, a press agent is shot in an actress' dressing room and an actor is murdered onstage in full view of the audience. Oscar and Hildegarde are on the case.

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Storyline

Police Inspector Oscar Piper and Hildegared Withers attend the opening night of a Broadway play in New York City, and the show's press agent is murdered before the curtain goes up. But the show must go on and while Piper is busily investigating the killing while the play goes on, the play's librettist is shot. Piper and Withers are in and out of dressing rooms, in audience cubicles belonging to the producer and press agent, and in the basement storeroom, and far stage left and right working on finding the killer before the curtain drops. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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The screen's funniest sleuth and sleuthess...on the trail of another crime!


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24 September 1937 (USA)  »

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Mulher do Delegado  »

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The opening stock footage of Broadway obviously belongs to an earlier era than 1937, when this film is set. "The Whole Town's Talking" and "Black Fury" are shown as playing first run theaters, both of which were released in 1935. There is also marquee advertising "Scarface," a 1932 film later re-released in 1936. See more »

Quotes

Inspector Oscar Piper: [Annoyed] He would have to get himself bumped off just when I want to see a show!
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Forty Naughty Girls
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Twenty Out of Forty
31 January 2005 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

Three actresses played schoolteacher/amateur investigator Hildegarde Winters in the RKO B series based on the novels of Stuart Palmer: Helen Broderic, Zasu Pitts and Edna May Oliver. The inimitable, irascible James Gleason played her fiancé, Oscar Piper, in all the movies.

All three actresses were sterling comedians, although of highly different types. In this movie we have Oscar investigating a murder backstage, while Hildegarde Winters does all the real work.

Unfortunately, neither story nor actors are well served in this particular outing. Comedy directing great Eddie Cline doesn't seem to have allowed Miss Pitts nor supporting comic Tom Kennedy the time they needed for their slow-take comedy.

Instead, we have Piper arresting people for the murders, being persuaded he was wrong, and then on to the next suspect. Perhaps Cline simply did not care. In any case, the result is unremarkable.


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