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Fast and Loose (1939)

Passed | | Comedy, Mystery, Crime | 17 February 1939 (USA)
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
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Christopher Oates
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Dave Hilliard
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Christina Torrent
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Bobby Neville
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Phil Sergeant (as Anthony Allan)
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Gerald Torrent
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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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Rip Roaring Sequel to "Fast Company" See more »

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Comedy | Mystery | Crime | Drama

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Det stjaalne Manuskript  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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

Goofs

In the scene with the safe when Reginald Owen's arm is extended, its position changes. See more »

Quotes

Garda Sloane: Well, I'm going downstairs and get a paper.
Joel Sloane: For what?
Garda Sloane: Oh, just to see if any of our friends have been murdered this morning.
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Referenced in Electrical Power (1938) See more »

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Lots of fun! Montgomery and Russell are Wonderful
5 December 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Here's the story of the entertainment industry; if something works then copy it. What was working back in the 30's was The Thin Man, the very popular series with William Powell and Myrna Loy. So, every other studio including the poverty row ones cranked out clones featuring husband and wife teams solving mysteries. The best of these, in my opinion were the three films featuring book seller and part-time detective Joel Sloane and his wife Garda. Each of the three films featured a different set of actors playing the Sloanes. The first film, "Fast Company" starred Melvyn Douglas and Florence Rice followed by this film with Robert Montgomery and Rosalind Russell. The last of the films, "Fast and Furious" had Franchot Tone and Ann Sothern. I like all three films, but this one is my favorite probably because I really like Robert Montgomery and Rosalind Russell, but also because the supporting cast was also good displaying the talents of Reginald Owen and Sidney Blackmer. It's also a good story and nice mystery with some great comic relief. The chemistry between Montgomery and Russell seemed genuine to me and unlike one other reviewer I thought Mongomery transitioned well between the comedy and action elements of the story. Any comparison between this film and the disappointing Lord Peter Wimsey story "Haunted Honeymoon" is way off base. Again, I like all three of the films and would recommend them to anyone who enjoys the mystery films from this era. I've watched this one many times and continue to find it funny and entertaining with each viewing. This may not match the best of the Thin Man movies, but it's far better than a couple of the weaker entries.


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