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Up in the Air (1940)

Passed | | Action, Comedy, Music | 9 September 1940 (USA)
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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Cast

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Frankie
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Anne
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Jeff
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Tex
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Rita Wilson (as Lorna Grey)
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Farrell
Clyde Dilson ...
Marty
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Hastings
John Holland ...
Quigley
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Stevens
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Van Martin
Maxine Leslie ...
Stella
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Delaney
Jack Mather ...
Tim Wallace
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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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The odds against catching the killer were a million-to-one...until nervy Frankie takes the one chance in a million! See more »


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Passed | See all certifications »

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9 September 1940 (USA)  »

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Assassinato ao Microfone  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The earliest documented telecast of this film in the New York City area occurred Saturday 6 May 1944 on pioneer television station WNBT (Channel 1). Post-WWII television viewers got their first look at in Los Angeles Tuesday 13 September 1949 on KTLA (Channel 5) and in New York City Sunday 23 April 1950 on WPIX (Channel 11). See more »

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Remade as There Goes Kelly (1945) See more »

Soundtracks

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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Nice Mystery-Musical From Monogram
27 November 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Here is yet another example of the Monogram product. Frankie Darro, Mantan Moreland and Marjorie Reynolds are top-starred in this modest yet enjoyable programmer centered around the murder of an obnoxious radio singer. The songs are pleasant enough and the mystery diverting. Modern viewers may cringe at a routine which puts Darro in blackface opposite Moreland in a sketch Moreland performed with another actor in the past. It is funny though, and the whole production runs 61 minutes and passes the time pleasantly enough. This came on one of those Mill Creek compilation sets and the quality is pretty good for a public-domain picture.


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