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Fast and Loose (1939)

Passed  |   |  Comedy, Mystery, Crime  |  17 February 1939 (USA)
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Rare booksellers Joel and Grada Sloane are engaged to find who is stealing rare books from a private library.

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Nicholas Torrent
Etienne Girardot ...
Christopher Oates
Alan Dinehart ...
Dave Hilliard
Jo Ann Sayers ...
Christina Torrent
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Bobby Neville
John Hubbard ...
Phil Sergeant (as Anthony Allan)
Tom Collins ...
Gerald Torrent
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'Lucky' Nolan
Donald Douglas ...
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Wilkes
Mary Forbes ...
Mrs. Torrent
Leonard Carey ...
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Storyline

The scrap of the Shakespeare manuscript is priceless. Nick Torrent owns it and is selling it. But then he is murdered and the manuscript is stolen. Joel Sloane is a rare book dealer and part time detective. Since he was trying to buy the manuscript for Mr. Oates, he is a suspect so he tries to solve the case. As the bodies pile up, Joel must solve the case or else Garda will be wearing black. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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Fast as FAST COMPANY and twice a funny!

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Comedy | Mystery | Crime | Drama

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17 February 1939 (USA)  »

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Det stjaalne Manuskript  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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Trivia

Tom Kennedy was originally scheduled to play "Reilly" but was replaced by Roy Barcroft. See more »

Goofs

The position of Rosalind Russell's arms around Montgomery's neck changes from medium shot to closeup when she tells him to 'hurry back.' See more »

Quotes

'Lucky' Nolan: [after Joel gets the jump on Nolan and takes away his gun] I see you don't fight fair, Mr. Sloane.
Joel Sloane: Now I'll tell you what you're going to do. You're going to call up and instruct those men to let my wife go. She's to phone me from outside. I don't want to sound melodramatic, Mr. Nolan, but to save my wife any discomfort, I would cheerfully kill a dozen guys like you.
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for a 40's mystery - it's a 10
26 October 2006 | by (Lithuania) – See all my reviews

"Fast and Loose" is a pleasant surprise. It is a well written who done it. I like the character portrayed by Robert Montgomery a part time investigator named Sloan. The role of Sloans wife is aptly played by Rosalind Russell who ' helps' her husband in his case solving endeavors. The cast is full of veteran character actors such as the venerable Ian Wolfe who can be seen in some Rathbone / Bruce type Sherlock Holmes films of the '40's. The fact that this mystery movie was written well enough to keep you guessing till the very end adds to it's charm. The setting of social muckity - mucks adds a nice flavor to the film also. In 1939, when this film was released, many landmark films crossed the silver screen. That same year Tyrone Power made an appearance as Zorro. Rathbone and Bruce started the Holmes series. As for classic mystery movies I think "Fast and Loose" was made in the right year. The film is not available on DVD, yet. It may never be. If I see it aired on TV again I WILL copy it for my archives. It is worth seeing again.


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