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Super-Sleuth (1937)

Approved  |   |  Comedy, Mystery  |  16 July 1937 (USA)
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An actor who plays a detective in films soon finds himself out of his depth when he tries to investigate a real crime.

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Cast

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Jack Oakie ...
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Mary Strand
Eduardo Ciannelli ...
Professor Herman
Alan Bruce ...
Larry Frank
Edgar Kennedy ...
Lt. Garrison
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Doris Duane
Bradley Page ...
Ralph Waring
Paul Guilfoyle ...
Gibbons
William Corson ...
Beckett
Alec Craig ...
Eddie - Doorman
Richard Lane ...
Barker
Willie Best ...
Warts
Paul Hurst ...
Motorcycle Cop
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Policeman
Ann Hovey ...
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An actor who plays a detective in films soon finds himself out of his depth when he tries to investigate a real crime.

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16 July 1937 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El superdetectiu  »

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A pleasant little crime-comedy if you're not too fussy about logic.
18 December 2002 | by (Pine Grove, California) – See all my reviews

A crime-comedy, with Jack Oakie very personable as a movie detective who is short on brains. Famous actors are getting poison pen letters, which we learn quickly are from house-of-horrors owner Eduardo Ciannelli, whose motive seems to be revenge for bad acting. Oakie gets such a letter announcing he'll be killed, so he goes to Ciannelli, his friend, and says he knows who sent it! It's the one sending all those poison pen letters. That's the level of Oakie's intelligence (and the level of the comedy in the script). Ciannelli has lots of opportunities to kill Oakie, including with a rifle with a gunsight. The comedy comes from Oakie, his servant, Willie Best (again shamefully stereotyped), and the hapless police inspector, Edgar Kennedy. Ann Sothern seems wasted as Oakie's publicity manager.


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