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Danger on the Air (1938)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | 1 July 1938 (USA)
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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Jed Prouty ...
Harry Jones
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Caesar Kluck
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Dave Chapman
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Finney Fish (as Skeets Gallagher)
Edward Van Sloan ...
Dr. Leonard Sylvester
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Tuttle
Frank Milan ...
Alexander MacCorkle
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Tony Lisotti
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Aiken
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Harry Lake (as Lind Hayes)
Louise Stanley ...
Maria Lisotti
Eloise Rawitzer ...
Miss Bello
Joe Downing ...
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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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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A treat for fans of movie mysteries.
20 January 2004 | by (Toronto, Ontario) – See all my reviews

DANGER ON THE AIR (1938) is a delight for fans of B movie mysteries. The setting is a radio station and the pace is quick and full of fun characters. The leads, Nan Grey and Donald Woods, are a well-matched set of amateur sleuths. Their objective is to solve the murder of a lecherous, tight-fisted sponsor. They certainly have enough suspects among the staff and rivals in the media industry. It is great fun seeing a young Lee J. Cobb portray the elderly janitor. An entertaining bonus is a baby-faced Peter Lind Hayes doing bang on impersonations of famous radio stars of the time. Get that popcorn ready and turn the lights down low.


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