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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
Berton Churchill ...
Caesar Kluck
William Lundigan ...
Dave Chapman
Richard 'Skeets' Gallagher ...
Finney Fish (as Skeets Gallagher)
Edward Van Sloan ...
Dr. Leonard Sylvester
George Meeker ...
Tuttle
Frank Milan ...
Alexander MacCorkle
...
Tony Lisotti
Johnny Arthur ...
Aiken
Peter Lind Hayes ...
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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1 July 1938 (USA)  »

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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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Murder at a radio station!

Universal put out a number of nifty mystery films in the 1930s and 1940s and this is one of the better ones. When a lecherous sponsor of a radio program gets bumped off there are no end to the suspects. Was it the lovely head of the ad agency? The young receptionist who had accepted the older mans expensive gifts? The inquisitive sound technician who is about ready to quit his job? The elevator operator with stars in his eyes? Or maybe the janitor who is worried about his daughters virtue? A great cast lead by beautiful Nan Grey who gives a surprisingly lively performance.


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