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The Gracie Allen Murder Case (1939)

 -  Comedy | Mystery  -  2 June 1939 (USA)
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The zany plot follows nitwit Gracie Allen trying to help master sleuth Philo Vance solve a murder. Allen's uncle fixes her up with Bill at a company picnic. When the two go out to a ... See full summary »

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Ann Wilson
Kent Taylor ...
Bill Brown
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Dixie Del Marr
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Jed Prouty ...
Uncle Ambrose
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Sam Lee ...
Thug (as Sammy Lee)
Al Shaw ...
Thug
Richard Denning ...
Fred
Irving Bacon ...
Hotel Clerk
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The zany plot follows nitwit Gracie Allen trying to help master sleuth Philo Vance solve a murder. Allen's uncle fixes her up with Bill at a company picnic. When the two go out to a nightclub that night, Gracie inadvertently links Bill to the murder of a thug after finding the dead body and Bill's cigarette case at the scene of the crime. While being questioned at the club, she meets Vance who's investigating the homicide. After Gracie's bungled attempts to solve the case, Vance decides it might be easier to have her working with him. Despite Gracie's "help," the two eventually find the real killer. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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Comedy | Mystery

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2 June 1939 (USA)  »

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A Comédia de um Crime  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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Trivia

S.S. Van Dine wrote the Gracie Allen Murder Case in 1938 to introduce his real life friend, Gracie Allen, into a Philo Vance Murder Mystery. George Burns made a appearance in the novel as the head perfume-smeller at the In-O-Scent Perfume Corporation, but his character was not utilized in the film. See more »

Quotes

Gracie Allen: How about some pansies?
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The opening credits show a grist mill. Each of the paddles has a character name and the actor who portrays him; the other credits are listed against a background of the nearby web rocks. See more »

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Follows The Garden Murder Case (1936) See more »

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Snug as a Bug in the Rug
Music by Matty Malneck
Lyrics by Frank Loesser
Sung by Gracie Allen
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painful
1 March 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Other reviewers on this site have contributed excellent histories and background, so I'll simply add this: Burns and Allen are funny, Gracie Allen without Burns may be funny if you like her brand of "dumb humor," but Gracie ruined this movie for me. There was a mostly acceptable plot, some very good supporting actors (especially Donald MacBride and William Demarest), but forcing Gracie Allen's constant scatterbrained chatter onto the characters and events of an actual mystery was just, well, painful. I kept wanting to shout at her (as some of the other characters in the movie did) to just shut up and go away. Bottom line, if you want to watch Gracie destroy a decent whodunit, go for it -- otherwise, forget it. And by the way, there's a really amazingly unfunny "physical comedy" bit at the end, totally unrelated to the movie or anything else, that's embarrassingly awful.


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