When a city councilman is murdered while investigating allegations of drug dealing going on a a somewhat disreputable sideshow, the daughter of the chief suspect teams up with a newspaper reporter to find the real killer.
Henry B. Walthall,
13 years before the movie opens, there was a dinner party, at which the 13th guest failed to show up. The master of the manner has died, and left the bulk of his estate to this 13th guest, ... See full summary »
J. Farrell MacDonald
Kathy leaves the newspaper business to marry homicide detective Bill but is frustrated by his lack of ambition and the banality of life in the suburbs. Her drive to advance Bill's career soon takes her down a dangerous path.
A shot rings out in a darkened apartment; a woman screams and flees, tricking architect Jimmy McMillan into giving her a ride. McMillan returns and finds a body; but the police find a ... See full summary »
A gentleman is shot dead in his study. The police come in to solve the crime. A young detective weaves his way through danger and an intricate set of clues to catch the killer. Watch for ... See full summary »
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Caesar Kluck, soft-drink magnate, is found dead in the office of a big radio-broadcasting company. Benjamin Franklin Butts, a sound engineer, discovers that Kluck met his death from ... See full summary »
First of all this film was produced and distributed in 1938, and is not a 1941 production. The exhibitors and various censor boards objected to the original title, "The Sunset Strip Case" (because of the double meaning that implied a strip on Sunset rather than the name of the street, which is exactly what the producer had in mind when he hired fan-dancer Sally Rand, the hit of the Chicago Exposition and the later Texas Centennial), and Boston promptly banned the film, as Boston was often subject to do with far less reason than they had with this film. The film was tied up in law suits across the country brought against the various blue-nose boards who also blocked its showing, and all this was going on during the collapse of Grand National with GN president E. W. Hammons being hauled to court by exhibitors and creditors, including the production unit headed by this film's producer George A. Hirliman. The latter produced it for Grand National distribution, but Grand National had no ... Written by
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American Film Institute Catalog of Feature Films (1931-1940) and also the 1941-1950 catalog (apparently because the film was re-released in 1941) both credit actress Dennie Moore with playing the role of Lou Fleming, Reporter, when, in fact, it's actor Dennis Moore, aka Denny Moore, as correctly listed above. See more »
A lot better than you'd expect...and a lot more cheesecake
I am pretty amazed that during the Post-Code era that this film ever managed to be shown--and, according to IMDb, it was NOT shown nationally as local censor boards went ape at the plot as well as the brief nudity! Pre-Code (1934 and earlier) I could see such a film getting made--after all, brief nudity and salacious plots were not uncommon. But, after the Code was strengthened, films exactly like this one were to have been banned! Think about it--the film stars the famous naked fan dancer, Sally Rand! This is actually pretty interesting, as another 'exotic dancer' (Gypsy Rose Lee) also wrote a film and acted in a few during this supposedly sex-less era!
The film, however, is NOT all cheesecake and tease. Ms. Rand was a competent actress and the acting and production values were quite good in this little B-mystery. While not a great film, it was interesting, had decent characters and is an unusual curio. Also, while I watched it on my computer, I was surprised how much of Ms. Rand you could see--and on the big screen I am sure the audiences were having a grand time!! In a way, it's a shame they put in this VERY BRIEF nudity, as it tends to obscure the fact that this is a pretty good film and also detracts a bit from the plot.
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