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Two dumb soda jerks dream of writing radio mysteries. When they try to pitch an idea at a radio station, they end up in the middle of a real murder when the station owner is killed during a... See full summary »



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Cast overview:
Chick Larkin / Voice of Himself on Radio
Mervin Q. Milgrim / Voice of Himself on Radio
Jimmy Turner
William Gargan ...
Police Lt. Lou Moran
Louise Allbritton ...
Jane Little
Col. J.R. Andrews
Detective Brannigan
Don Porter ...
Art Fraser
Jerome Cowan ...
Marco Heller
Juliet Collins
Ludwig Stössel ...
Dr. Anton Marek


Two dumb soda jerks dream of writing radio mysteries. When they try to pitch an idea at a radio station, they end up in the middle of a real murder when the station owner is killed during a broadcast. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <>

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6 November 1942 (USA)  »

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Who Done It?  »

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1.37 : 1
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As part of a display on telephones and communication, the Smithsonian Institute used a clip of Lou Costello trying to call in for the radio contest to demonstrate the mechanics of placing a call with an operator-run exchange. See more »


When the knife is thrown into the Murder At Midnight sign, you can see it's going along a string. See more »


Mervin Q. Milgrim: [nauseous] I gotta go back upstairs and get something...
Chick Larkin: What have you gotta get?
Mervin Q. Milgrim: My stomach...
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Referenced in Abbott and Costello Meet Captain Kidd (1952) See more »

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A & C return to that other popular entertainment medium of the 1940s
9 December 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

We think of Abbott and Costello as burlesque comics, but the medium that gave them the national exposure allowing them to go into film was radio. It was on radio that the sharpness of such routines as "Who's On First" was demonstrated to millions, laying the groundwork for the film audience that Universal benefited by. And it was WHO DONE IT? that was their film about radio. They are soda jerks in a restaurant in the building that a radio station is headquartered in. They both want to break into radio. But when they are finally on the premises of the station, they are among the witnesses (and suspects) at the murder of the station's owner (Thomas Gomez). Due to Costello's continuous ability to make errors, they are suspected of the murder by the two detectives (William Gargan and William Bendix) who are assigned to the case. They are determined to try to solve the case and clear themselves.

Gargan and Bendix were ideal foils for A & C, especially Bendix who meets Costello's dumb with dumber. The nadir for both cops is when they are guarding the front of the office building from Abbott and Costello entering it while the investigation is continuing. Bud and Lou, determined to enter the building, walk in backwards, so the cops think they are seeing them walk out (at least momentarily). Rumor has it that Costello determined never to make another film with Bendix - he was jealous of the latter's getting more laughs than him. It may be true, but then Lou was doing pretty well on his own here.

As it is a war picture, the mystery also deals with a spy ring. The actual perpetrator is a surprise of sorts at the end. A good comedy, I give it 8 out of 10.

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