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Danger on the Air (1938)

 -  Crime | Drama | Mystery  -  1 July 1938 (USA)
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Caesar Kluck, soft-drink magnate, is found dead in the office of a big radio-broadcasting company. Benjamin Franklin Butts, a sound engineer, discovers that Kluck met his death from ... See full summary »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Nan Grey ...
Christina 'Steenie' MacCorkle
Donald Woods ...
Benjamin Franklin Butts
Jed Prouty ...
Harry Jones, Radio Company Boss
Berton Churchill ...
Caesar Kluck
William Lundigan ...
Dave Chapman, Radio Announcer
Richard 'Skeets' Gallagher ...
Finney Fish, Ad Company Man (as Skeets Gallagher)
Edward Van Sloan ...
Dr. Leonard Sylvester, Charlatan
George Meeker ...
Tuttle, Undercover FCC Man
Frank Milan ...
Alexander MacCorkle
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Tony Lisotti
Johnny Arthur ...
Aiken (as John Arthur)
Peter Lind Hayes ...
Harry Lake, Call Boy and Aspiring Performer (as Lind Hayes)
Louise Stanley ...
Maria Lisotti
Eloise Rawitzer ...
Miss Bello
Joe Downing ...
Gangster Joe Carney (as Joseph Downing)
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Caesar Kluck, soft-drink magnate, is found dead in the office of a big radio-broadcasting company. Benjamin Franklin Butts, a sound engineer, discovers that Kluck met his death from cyanogen gas, administered in some mysterious fashion. Harry Jones, head of the company, fires Butts for making the public. Kluck has made many enemies and there are numerous suspects, including Christina "Steenie" MacCorkle, who is in love with Butts; her brother Alexander; radio announcer Dave Chapman; Tony Lisotti, the janitor who had discovered that Kluck was making love to his daughter Maria' Kluck's physician, Doctor Leonard sylvester, and Joe Carney, a racketeer who had been doing Kluck's dirty work. Butts pursues his investigation and his only clue is a deflated toy-advertising balloon he has found next to Kluck's body. Later, Butts discovers Tony;s body in a broom closet and, nearby, finds another deflated balloon, a straw and a pin. He then calls all the suspects together...and solves the mystery. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Perigo pelo Rádio  »

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While the Crime Club deal was not wildly successful, it is an example of "New" Universal's willingness to work economical tie-ins in an attempt to plug the cash drain created by the Laemmle's, who had been ousted during the production of Show Boat (1936). Ultimately the studio would be saved through a combination of severe cost cutting measures implemented by Charles R. Rogers, the signing of Deanna Durbin and secured by the wildly popular duo, Abbott & Costello. See more »

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One of the best little b-movies I've ever seen
24 January 2001 | by (Saint Clair, Pennsylvania) – See all my reviews

This little gem is one of the most well-scripted programmers that I have ever had the pleasure to watch. The acting is great too, and you also manage to work in one of those rare mysteries that makes it hard but fun to guess who the killer is. It's all set at a radio station, where a crotchety old sponsor ends up getting murdered. Donald Woods plays a very intelligent and clever radio engineer and Nan Woods is the ad agency worker who helps him solve the mystery. I know the storyline sounds all old-hat, but I was pleasantly surprised at how refreshing this movie was...a very enjoyable hour!


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