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Super-Sleuth (1937)

Approved | | Comedy, Mystery | 16 July 1937 (USA)
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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(as Ben Stoloff)

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(screen play), (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Bill Martin
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Mary Strand
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Professor Herman
Alan Bruce ...
Larry Frank
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Police Lt. Garrison
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Doris Duane
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Ralph Waring
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Gibbons
William Corson ...
Beckett
Alec Craig ...
Eddie - Doorman
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Barker
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Warts
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Motorcycle Cop
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Policeman
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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)  »

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El superdetectiu  »

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(RCA Victor System)

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1.37 : 1
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Mugging It Up, Oakie Style
27 January 2009 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

Great chance for moon-faced comedian Jack Oakie to mug it up for an hour or so. He's a movie detective at a Hollywood studio in what's obviously a spoof of movie sleuths so popular at the time. Never mind that his Willard Martin is a 30-watt bulb in a 60-watt world. Martin has convinced himself he's the greatest actor since Barrymore, so it's fun to watch him bumble along head held high even as his rear-end sags. Still, Oakie manages the egotistical character without making him obnoxious.

It's a slender exercise that has someone trying to kill Martin because they didn't like his last movie— what inspired motivation! Still, the screenplay should have made a mystery of the public-spirited culprit instead of tipping us off so early. That would have added an extra element of comical suspense. Anyway, the lovely Ann Sothern is a studio flack who has her hands full keeping the bumbler out of trouble, while trying to stay away from Prof. Herman's house of horrors. Maybe the best parts are the behind-the-scenes look at movie-making on a sound stage and on location. Paul Guilfoyle breaks from his usual wacky characters to play the no-nonsense movie director, of all things. The wind-up is a whirlwind slapstick through the professor's museum, making this a lively if slender glimpse of the bottom-of-the-bill, 1930's style.


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