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Up in the Air (1940)

Passed  -  Action | Comedy | Music  -  9 September 1940 (USA)
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A none-too-popular (nor good) radio singer, Rita Wilson is murdered while singing on the air in a radio studio. Radio page boy, Frankie Ryan, and his janitor pal, Jeff, solve the mystery ... See full summary »

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Frankie Ryan
Marjorie Reynolds ...
Anne Mason
Mantan Moreland ...
Jeff Jefferson
Gordon Jones ...
Tex Barton
Lorna Gray ...
Singer Rita Wilson aka Gladys Wharton
Tristram Coffin ...
Bob Farrell
Clyde Dilson ...
Detective Lt. Marty Phillips
Dick Elliott ...
B. J. Hastings, Station Owner
John Holland ...
Sam Quigley
Carleton Young ...
Band Leader Dick Stevens
Alex Callam ...
Van Martin - Announcer
Maxine Leslie ...
Stella - Switchboard Operator
Ralph Peters ...
Detective Delaney
Jack Mather ...
Tim Wallace - Comic
Dennis Moore ...
Gag-Writer Pringle
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A none-too-popular (nor good) radio singer, Rita Wilson is murdered while singing on the air in a radio studio. Radio page boy, Frankie Ryan, and his janitor pal, Jeff, solve the mystery for the none-too-sharp police. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Frankie 'scoops' the police and traps the killer! See more »


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Assassinato ao Microfone  »

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Remade as There Goes Kelly (1945) See more »

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By The Looks Of Things
Written by Harry Tobias and Edward J. Kay (as Edward Kay)
Sung by Marjorie Reynolds
Danced to by Mantan Moreland
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Lights Go Out, Gun Goes Off
29 July 2014 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Frankie Darro as a studio page boy and Mantan Moreland as a janitor team up to solve a murder in Up In The Air. Singer Lorna Gray is shot to death during a rehearsal when the lights go out and a gun goes off. It's up to Frankie and Mantan to solve the crime especially since the cops are a pair of thickheaded detectives.

I have to say the film does have some funny moments. It also has some offensive ones. Both Darro and Moreland are aspiring radio artists and they've worked up a comedy sketch not unlike the act Moreland did in nightclubs with Ben Carter. But putting Darro in blackface was downright disrespectful. Later on in one of the Charlie Chan films Moreland does do that act with Carter and you should catch it if possible.

As it turns out Gray has quite a past and it's her past that's the key to solving her murder and that of Gordon Jones who wants to be a cowboy singer and get on the air.

For a Monogram Picture, not bad, but we sure didn't need the blackface.


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