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Forty Naughty Girls (1937)

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While Oscar and Hildegarde are attending a Broadway show, an actress is shot in her dressing room and an actor is murdered onstage in full view of the audience.


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Complete credited cast:
June Preston
George Shelley ...
Rita Marlowe
Frank M. Thomas ...
Jeff Plummer
Tom Kennedy ...
Detective Casey
Alan Edwards ...
Ricky Rickman
Stephen Chase ...
Tommy Washburn (as Alden Chase)
Eddie Marr ...
Windy Bennett (as Edward Marr)
Ada Leonard ...
Barbara Pepper ...


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 <>

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


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Release Date:

24 September 1937 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Forty Naughty Girls  »

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(RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


Inspector Oscar Piper: [Annoyed] He would have to get himself bumped off just when I want to see a show!
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Followed by A Very Missing Person (1972) See more »


Forty Naughty Girls
(1937) (uncredited)
Composer unknown
Performed by George Shelley, Marjorie Lord and chorus in the show
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weak character, good plot
2 February 2005 | by (NYC) – See all my reviews

Schoolmarm Hildegarde Withers (Zasu Pitts) and her friend Inspector Oscar Piper (James Gleason) go out for a night on Broadway. Naturally, no evening on the town can take place without murder, not when Hildegarde and the Inspector are around. This entry in the series is played more broadly for laughs than its predecessors but not much more than typical for the B-level crime movies of the day. The problem here, from my perspective, is that Zasu Pitts's character is so different from the great Edna May Oliver's that only the name appears to be the same. Edna May's Hildegard Withers was a feisty old girl who basically ran the Inspector's case for him despite his grousing. Zasu plays her standard ditz and the movie suffers for it. It's hard to imagine the Inspector putting up with her; moreover, some of the slapstick seems forced. On the other hand, this entry is saved by a very clever plot with plenty of false leads and twists. The film might have played better as a straight mystery rather than mystery/comedy. By the way, the lovely Marjorie Lord gets an early turn here as a singer/hoofer type.

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