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Up in the Air (1940)

Approved | | 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
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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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Murder in a radio station...while the public listens! 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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Opening credits: The characters and events depicted in this photoplay are fictional. Any similarity to actual persons, living or dead is purely coincidental. See more »

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Remade as There Goes Kelly (1945) See more »

Soundtracks

By The Looks Of Things
by Harry Tobias and Edward J. Kay (as Edward Kay)
Sung by Marjorie Reynolds (uncredited)
Danced to by Mantan Moreland (uncredited)
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Shot on air
17 April 2017 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Up in the Air is a breezy comedy mystery B movie from 1940, it was shot as a quickie. It even has some forgettable songs in it as well.

Rita Wilson is a radio star that gets shot during rehearsals. Frankie (Frankie Darro) is the ever optimistic bell boy, who plans to be a gag writer and also a star maker. He gets mixed up investigating the murder with Jeff the janitor (Mantan Moreland) as the police are too incompetent to investigate the crime properly.

Frankie and Jeff provide comic relief with Jeff always trying to avoid getting into trouble. Actor Mantan Moreland became famous for his black eye popping scary faced persona that was popular with cinema-goers at the time.

Despite the tomfoolery the film has a nice mystery to it.


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