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Death of a Champion (1939)

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Oliver Quade is a pitchman who follows state fairs that feature dog shows---which limits his territory more than a little---at which he sells encyclopedias...and does it well as he ... See full summary »

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Lynne Overman ...
Virginia Dale ...
Patsy Doyle
Joseph Allen ...
Richie Oakes (as Joseph Allen Jr.)
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Small Fry
Susan Paley ...
Lois Lanyard
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Guy Lanyard
Robert Paige ...
Alec Temple
May Boley ...
Ma Sloane
Hal Brazeale ...
Gerald Lanyard
Frank M. Thomas ...
Chief Sanders
David Clyde ...
Angus McTavish
Walter Soderling ...
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Pierre Watkin ...
Albert Deacon
Robert McKenzie ...
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Oliver Quade is a pitchman who follows state fairs that feature dog shows---which limits his territory more than a little---at which he sells encyclopedias...and does it well as he possesses a photographic memory that amazes the rubes. The Champion, in the title, is a Great Dane who has won the title at the Rubeville State Fair, and it isn't long before the Champion turns up dead, which is because somebody---motive unknown at the moment---has killed the Champion. This is repeated at other shows along the way and Quade's bright young assistant, "Small Fry", fancies himself as an amateur detective, and starts nosing around into the mystery and drags Quade along with him. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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24 August 1939 (USA)  »

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A Morte de um Campeão  »

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One of over 700 Paramount productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. See more »

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Another film with a soon-to-die dog in the title.

See: "The Case of the Howling Dog": Oliver Quade (Lynne Overman) is a pitchman who follows state fairs that feature dog shows---which limits his territory more that a little but, hey, it's just a movie---at which he sells encyclopedias...and does it well as he possesses a photographic memory that amazes the rubes.

The Champion, in the title, is a Great Dane who has won the title at the Rubeville State Fair, and it isn't long before the Champion turns up dead, which is because somebody---motive unknown at the moment---has killed the Champion.

This is repeated at other shows along the way and Quade's bright young assistant, "Small Fry" (Donald O'Connor), fancies himself as an amateur detective, and starts nosing around into the mystery and drags Quade along with him.


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