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Who Killed Gail Preston? (1938)

Approved  |   |  Crime, Drama, Mystery  |  24 February 1938 (USA)
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Gail Preston (Rita Hayworth), a band-singer with no shortage of enemies, is shot to death in the middle of her second song (dubbed by Gloria Franklin ---"The Greatest Attraction in the ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Don Terry ...
Tom Kellogg
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Gail Preston
Robert Paige ...
'Swing' Traynor
Wyn Cahoon ...
Ann Bishop
Gene Morgan ...
Cliff Connolly
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Frank Daniels
Arthur Loft ...
Jules Stevens
John Gallaudet ...
Charles Waverly
John Graham Spacey ...
'Patsy' Fallon (as John Spacey)
Eddie Fetherston ...
Mike
James Millican ...
Hank
Mildred Gover ...
The Maid
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Mr. Owen
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Mr. Curran
William Irving ...
Arnold
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Gail Preston (Rita Hayworth), a band-singer with no shortage of enemies, is shot to death in the middle of her second song (dubbed by Gloria Franklin ---"The Greatest Attraction in the World"----and the first suspect, Mr. Owen (Dwight Frye), is cleared when he falls to his death. Police Inspector Tom Kellogg (Don Terry, and his bumbling assistant, Cliff Connally (Gene Morgan, then focus their attention on band-leader "Swing" Traynor (Robert Paige), and his jealous sweetheart,Ann BIshop (Wyn Cahoon),but also keep an eye on FRank Daniels (Marc Lawrence), Jules SRevens (Arthur Loft)and Charles Waverly (John Gallaudet). Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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24 February 1938 (USA)  »

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Death in Swingtime  »

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Rita Hayworth got second billing in this film but she only appeared for 20 minutes. But during that time, she was sleekly gowned and coiffed and glamorously turned out. See more »

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The Greatest Attraction in the World
Written by Milton Drake and Ben Oakland
Sung by Gloria Franklin,dubbing Rita Hayworth
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Call it a murder - musical?
7 August 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A good old fashioned murder then investigation by the police, at times bumbling, with musical and dance numbers thrown in for good measure. It's no secret due to the title that Gail Preston is murdered. She is a big time singer in a night club. She had called the police inspector prior to the show and asked him to talk to her at the club. During her number, shots ring out and she collapses to the floor, murdered before she can meet with the Inspector. Just then the Inspector walks in and like the good old capers, has police officers surround the building and makes all the patrons return to their tables. There are a number of people with motives as the police follow up the clues. Rita Hayworth as a mean spirited singer who calls the shots for the club. She was very good in this early role and only about 20 years old at the time. There are some good dance routines with music making this a bit of a musical in a way - a murder musical? Also there was comedy relief with some of the police as well. Not the greatest movie you ever saw, but not bad either if you remember it was an early crime movie.


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