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Fast Company (1938)

 -  Romance | Comedy | Mystery  -  8 July 1938 (USA)
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A husband and wife team who are in rare books and are skillful at recovering stolen volumes for insurance companies become involved in the murder of a fence.

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Florence Rice ...
Claire Dodd ...
Julia Thorne
Shepperd Strudwick ...
Ned Morgan
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Elias Z. 'Eli' Bannerman
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Paul Terison
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Arnold Stamper (as Douglas Dumbrille)
Mary Howard ...
Leah Brockler
George Zucco ...
Otto Brockler
Minor Watson ...
Steve Langner
Donald Douglas ...
Lt. James Flanner
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Sidney Z. Wheeler
Thurston Hall ...
Dist. Atty. MacMillen
Horace McMahon ...
Danny Scolado (as Horace MacMahon)
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Joel Sloane is a rare book dealer and part time detective. He finds stolen or lost rare books for the insurance companies and gets a reward for their return. But this is a little different. Otto Brockler, a rare book dealer with questionable ethics, has been murdered. The list of suspects is long. Ned, who Otto sent to prison to get insurance money and keep him away from Leah. Leah, who is in love with the falsely convicted Ned. Elias, a silent partner in stolen and forged books. Sydney, a master forger of rare books. Julia, Otto's secretary who has expensive clothes and jewelry. Joel is the one who must find the murderer before he becomes the next victim. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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1938's PRIZE Mystery Novel! Now a Picture with twice the laughs and excitement!


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8 July 1938 (USA)  »

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The three films of the "Fast Series" were produced by Metro because exhibitors were clamoring for more movies from the Thin Man Series. The "Fast" films were intended to fill that gap. See more »

Quotes

Lt. James Flanner: [to Joel] Langner tells me that you've worked on some cases of stolen books... that you've helped the insurance companies quite a bit.
Steve Langner: Any favors he does we pay him for. There's not an altruistic bone in his body.
Garda Sloane: Anything you want to know about my husband's bones, Lieutenant, you can ask me.
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Fast moving mystery/comedy, slick, smart dialog...
26 October 2006 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

FAST COMPANY is a minor mystery/comedy about Joe Sloane, a book dealer who plays part time detective to solve a crime involving a crooked book deal. MELVYN DOUGLAS has a great time with the comedy aspects, delivering some tart lines with authority and FLORENCE RICE makes a nice impression as his ever loving wife.

Naturally, there have to be heavies and the cast includes GEORGE ZUCCO, DOUGLAS DUMBRILLE, CLAIRE DODD and NAT PENDLETON to take care of all the other angles. The biggest culprit turns out to be LOUIS CALHERN as a very aggressive gangster type who strays from his usual suave kind of role to deliver a good performance as the mastermind behind a lot of crooked schemes in the rare book business. CLAIRE DODD is equally effective as his two-timing partner in crime.

Strictly low-budget mystery/comedy has the benefit of some smart lines that put it in the above average category.


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