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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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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
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)


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 <>

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1 July 1938 (USA)  »

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A Crime Club Mystery. Based on "Death Catches Up with Mr. Kluck," by Xantippe (a pseudonym). See more »

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Catchy radio station mystery
10 August 2011 | by (Minnesota) – See all my reviews

Nan Grey and Donald Woods banter appealingly, and the unique personalities of an excellent range of suspects contribute strongly to this really fun mystery. Wit, characters, a clever murder—all tucked into a tidy hour.

Berton Churchill, as radio sponsor and cola magnate Caesar Kluck, spends the first fifteen minutes of the picture insulting virtually everyone in this large metropolitan radio studio; it is no surprise when he is found dead. But who is responsible? Motives, opportunities and suspects abound.

Churchill is wonderfully bad and blustery in his brief role. A young Lee J. Cobb is a lot of fun playing an aged maintenance man in a mustache and a thick immigrant's accent.

However, Grey and Woods are the two who really make this show, with their confident performances and quick exchanges of snappy back-and-forth dialog. "Did you really find her fingerprints on it?" she asks at one point. "No," he replies, "but I could see she was lying and I wanted to trip her up." "Boy, are you some tripper-upper!"

Seventy minutes and not a dull moment.

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