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Forty Naughty Girls (1937)

Approved | | Action, Comedy, Crime | 24 September 1937 (USA)
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)  »

Also Known As:

El misterio del camerino  »

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(RCA Victor System)

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1.37 : 1
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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

Stage Board Man: [after Hildegarde accidentally finds herself onstage during a dance number] I didn't know you had it in you, sister.
Hildegarde Withers: Well, I'm glad it's out.
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Connections

Follows Murder on a Honeymoon (1935) See more »

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It's a Thrill
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Composer unknown
Sung by George Shelley 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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