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Who Done It? (1942)

Approved  |   |  Comedy, Mystery  |  6 November 1942 (USA)
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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 broadcast.

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

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6 November 1942 (USA)  »

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Deux nigauds détectives  »

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Contains two references to Bud Abbott and Lou Costello's classic baseball routine, "Who's on First." Lou's exclamation, "Next you'll be telling me Watt's on second base," tops off his watts/volts exchange with Bud. When they later turn on a radio and hear "Who's on First" they promptly turn it off in disgust. See more »

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When Bud and Lou first meet/search the two Police detectives Costello searches the Police Lt and feels his badge. He screams, yells out 'RING' and tricks the detective into answering the phone giving them time to escape. Abbott runs and exits the door with Costello close BEHIND him. In the very next scene from outside in the hallway the Camera shot shows Costello exiting the door in FRONT of Abbott. See more »

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Customer: What happened to my strawberry sundae?
Mervin Q. Milgrim: What's today?
Customer: Friday.
Mervin Q. Milgrim: You've got two more days to wait.
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One of the best from this duo.
13 March 2001 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Bud Abbott and Lou Costello were the quintessential movie comedy team during the 1940s. Their rat-a-tat delivery and split second timing of some old Burlesque routines was just the sort of breezy, freewheeling humor that Americans needed to keep their mind off of World War Two. The duo's films from this period -- especially Buck Privates, Hold That Ghost, Ride 'Em Cowboy, and Who Done It -- are perhaps the most accurate examples of their style. Who Done It is Bud and Lou's version of a typical Hollywood B mystery. As two soda jerks posing as detectives in an attempt to solve a murder on a radio set, Bud and Lou manage to sneak in some of their most timeless routines, including at least two homages to their classic "Who's On First." The shorter running time is assisted by a fast pace, while the supporting cast includes such period favorites as Patric Knowles, William Bendix, William Gargan, Mary Wickes, Ludwig Stossell, Jerome Cowan, and Walter Tetley (if you recognize his voice as Sherman from the old Sherman and Peabody cartoons, you're right). Bud and Lou's best film is probably "Abbott and Costello meet Frankenstein," but "Who Done It" is perhaps an even better representation of their comic style in its purest form. It is one of the funniest movies of its kind and most highly recommended.


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