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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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Frankie
Marjorie Reynolds ...
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
Dick Elliott ...
Hastings
John Holland ...
Quigley
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Stevens
Alex Callam ...
Van Martin
Maxine Leslie ...
Stella
Ralph Peters ...
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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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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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). See more »

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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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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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