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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

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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Murder in a radio station...while the public listens! 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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Somehow Or Other
Written by Harry Tobias and Edward J. Kay (as Edward Kay)
Sung by Marjorie Reynolds
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Frankie Goes to Hollywood (on the Radio)
5 April 2011 | by (Earth) – See all my reviews

On location in Hollywood, "Amalgamated Broadcasting Company" (ABC Radio) page Frankie Darro (as Frankie Ryan) is attracted to the station's attractive new receptionist, aspiring songstress Marjorie Reynolds (as Anne Mason). Ms. Reynolds sings "By the Looks of Things" very sweetly. With help from cowardly janitor pal Mantan Moreland (as Jeff Jefferson), Mr. Darro decides to help Reynolds become a radio singing star. Then, the station's snotty songstress Lorna Gray (as Rita Wilson) is murdered...

First suspected is cowboy singer Gordon Jones (as Tex Barton), who was then notable as the star of "The Green Hornet" serial. Just when you think you've heard them all, "Tex" calls Mr. Moreland "banjo eyes" (an apt description). Also, watch for Darro to appear in "black-face" for a routine with Moreland (which must have looked swell on the radio). The bit is handled inoffensively, by the way. Howard Bretherton and the troupe manage the vehicle fairly, with Darro and Moreland contributing their usual.

**** Up in the Air (9/9/40) Howard Bretherton ~ Frankie Darro, Mantan Moreland, Marjorie Reynolds, Gordon Jones


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