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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
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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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9 September 1940 (USA)  »

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Assassinato ao Microfone  »

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Remade as There Goes Kelly (1945) See more »

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Doin' The Conga
Written by Johnny Lange, Lew Porter and Edward J. Kay (as Edward Kay)
Sung by Lorna Gray
Later sung by Marjorie Reynolds
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A Race Free Comedy Film
25 April 2004 | by (Glen Cove, New York) – See all my reviews

Frankie Darro and Mantan Moreland made several movie together in the 1930's and 40's where they were pretty much on equal footing with each other despite everything that was going on around them. They were the stereotypical buddies of the buddy film. Normally that wouldn't mean much except that Darro was white and Moreland was black and in every other film of their time no one could be as they were unless they both were white.

Race has absolutely nothing to do with the plot of Up in the Air, which concerns a series of murders at a radio station. I mention the fact notion of race simply because the script for this movie was used two or three more times with out nary a change for white co-stars.

The fact that the script was re-used is also an very good indication that the film is a very good one. No its not flawless, there are little bumps here and there and a couple of jumps in logic, but as excuse for murder and silliness in the typical Hollywood style one need not look much farther than this film.




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