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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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Vincent Charlton
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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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Also Known As:

Moj muž vodi - istragu! (Hitac u noći)  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Tom Kennedy was originally scheduled to play "Reilly" but was replaced by Roy Barcroft. See more »

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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 »

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Joel Sloane: Ho-hum.
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Referenced in Electrical Power (1938) See more »

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Another entry in the Joe Sloane mysteries...
26 October 2006 | by See all my reviews

Neither ROBERT MONTGOMERY nor ROSALIND RUSSELL can do much to raise this above an average Nick and Nora type of mystery as they try to solve a crime involving a stolen Shakespearean manuscript worth a fortune. Montgomery and Russell are both adept at this sort of comedy and make an excellent pair in the leads, so different than the roles they played in NIGHT MUST FALL.

The wealthy household where the first murder takes place is full of suspects, including RALPH MORGAN, JOHN HOWARD, REGINALD OWEN, ALAN DINEHART and TOM COLLINS. SIDNEY BLACKMER does a nice job as a crooked gambling house owner.

With Montgomery and Russell as the husband and wife team, the accent is more on comedy than mystery when Ralph Morgan is found murdered near the open vault in his library. As Montgomery investigates, there are plenty of red herrings that seem to plant suspicion on every member of the household.

Despite all the A production trappings, there's no way this can be considered anything more than a mildly entertaining programmer.


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