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Fast and Furious (1939)

Passed | | Comedy, Crime, Mystery | 6 October 1939 (USA)
Rare book dealers Joel and Garda take a summertime jaunt to the seashore where he becomes involved in a beauty pageant as investor and judge much to her chagrin.

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Joel and Garda Sloan, a husband and wife detective team, who also sell rare books in New York, take a vacation to Seaside City. At Seaside, Joel's pal, Mike Stevens is managing and preparing for their beauty pageant. Joel is made one of the judges plus he has invested $5,000 in it, to Garda's dismay. Eric Bartell, promoter, arrives to dupe Stevens. When Ed Connors, New York racketeer arrives, Bartell is mysteriously murdered. Joel and Garda set out to investigate the murder. Written by Kelly

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Crime doesn't pay with these two super sleuths on the job!

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Comedy | Crime | Mystery

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6 October 1939 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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"Fast and furious" has the distinction of being the first American film shown in a newly-liberated Copenhagen, following Denmark's five-year German occupation in World War II. See more »

Quotes

Chief Miller: [as they discover a girl's body on the floor] Get a doctor quick!
Joel Sloane: It'd have to be a very good doctor, Chief. This girl's dead.
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When the Moon Comes Over the Mountain
(1931) (uncredited)
Written by Kate Smith, Howard Johnson and Harry M. Woods
Played on piano by Rube Demarest and sung by him and Henry Roquemore, Tom O'Grady, Ernie Alexander, James Burke and others at the party
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Breezy comedy/mystery is enjoyable programmer...
29 November 2007 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

ANN SOTHERN and FRANCHOT TONE play a husband and wife team, a book dealer and his scheming, scatterbrained wife who get involved with murder at a seaside resort. She tags along to help solve the crime, but mostly because she knows there are too many bathing beauties around that might catch his eye.

Among the suspects are LEE BOWMAN, RUTH HUSSEY, MARY BETH HUGHES and ALLYN JOSLYN, with FRANK ORTH and some tame lions providing some unusual comedy relief. Miss Hussey is the surprise here, playing the sort of "heavy" role as a villainess that she seldom ever essayed in other films. Mary Beth Hughes does her usual blonde beauty routine and Allyn Joslyn is the best character actor in the cast.

With the accent on comedy, it's not difficult for FRANCHOT TONE and ANN SOTHERN to carry the leads with effortless charm.

Probably passed the time pleasantly as the second feature on a double bill, but hasn't dated as badly as some other comedy/mysteries of this sort have. Busby Berkeley is the unlikely director.


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