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Washington Melodrama (1941)

Passed  |   |  Drama  |  18 April 1941 (USA)
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Calvin Claymore is a wealthy businessman trying to get a bill passed to help the starving children of Europe at the outbreak of World War 2. He meets a dancer at a night club, escorts her ... See full summary »

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Calvin Claymore
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Laurie Claymore
Kent Taylor ...
Hal Thorne
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Whitney King (as Dan Dailey Jr.)
Lee Bowman ...
Ronnie Colton
Fay Holden ...
Mrs. Claymore
Virginia Grey ...
Teddy Carlyle
Anne Gwynne ...
Mary Morgan
Sara Haden ...
Mrs. Harrington
Olaf Hytten ...
Parry
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Donnelly
Cliff Clark ...
Simpson
Hal K. Dawson ...
Logan
Thurston Hall ...
Senator Morton
Joseph Crehan ...
Phil Sampson
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Calvin Claymore is a wealthy businessman trying to get a bill passed to help the starving children of Europe at the outbreak of World War 2. He meets a dancer at a night club, escorts her home, but later the girl is found murdered, and Claymore, who was seen leaving her apartment, is accused of her death. After a man's glove is found at the dead girl's apartment, the police start a frantic search for the other glove, and finally the real murderer is unmasked. Written by mikewilson61720@yahoo.com

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The case that was ordered "Hushed UP"...in official Washington, "hottest" city in the world! See more »

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18 April 1941 (USA)  »

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A Luva Perdida  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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Fishing for Suckers
(1941)
Music and Lyrics by Earl K. Brent (as Earl Brent)
Played during the opening credits
Played by the nightclub band and sung and danced by Dan Dailey (uncredited) and Virginia Grey (uncredited)
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Good Frank Morgan -- OK Movie
20 April 2004 | by (Atlanta, Georgia) – See all my reviews

Frank Morgan (the Wizard of Oz) usually played to perfection the utterly likable fraud, or the erring aging playboy. But around 1940, MGM began to give him the opportunity to play different types of roles in a series of pleasant but not too demanding pictures. In this one, Frank is a steel tycoon who is the head of a relief organization who gets mixed up in the murder of a showgirl. Frank, as always, is absolutely likable, but has one scene where he gets to utterly lose his temper. It's a revelation of a side one almost never sees in his pictures.

Rest of the movie isn't bad, except for a really dull production number early on. (The choreography is surprisingly ragged for MGM.) The acting besides Frank is only fair, the comic interludes painful, but the plot is actually pretty good, and the political debate that provides much of the conflict is eerily reminiscent of the debates about providing food aid to Iraq in Saddam's era. All in all, worth your time, but you might want to fast forward through the "funny" bits.


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