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Who Done It? (1942)

Approved | | Comedy, Mystery | 6 November 1942 (USA)
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
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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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Deux nigauds détectives  »

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During the scene in which Lou Costello is "interrogating" the radio show cast, he blurts out the question, "Where were you on the night of January 16th?". This is reference to the famous Broadway play of the same name by Ayn Rand, the Russian-born novelist and philosopher who wrote "The Fountainhead" and "Atlas Shrugged". "The Night of January 16th" was also made into a movie in 1941 (The Night of January 16th (1941)). See more »

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

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Mervin Q. Milgrim: Operator! Give me Alexander two two, two two!
Telephone operator: The line is busy!
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Referenced in Abbott and Costello Meet Captain Kidd (1952) See more »

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A quite shocking radio show
28 December 2005 | by (Derby, UK) – See all my reviews

This has always been one of my favourite Abbott & Costello's, it's a short, frantic murder mystery with plenty of slapstick routines to keep us fans happy. I think the pace of it all and the average volume of Lou's voice probably puts some people off, but hey they can't really be fans then, can they?

A murder is committed in full view in a radio studio, Bud and Lou are on the case unasked as detectives before the "real" ones show up. There's an odd love interest with Patric Knowles and Louise Allbritton, because he comes into the story, departs gallantly saying he won't take charity from a woman, and after the murder also gets involved unasked. Favourite bits: Watt's a volt; Lou in the "clues closet", Lou crashing through glass windows leaving his fleeing shape and even making an impression on a wall - all complete with hat; Alexander 2222.

The marvellous wartime Universal studio atmosphere pervades with some beautiful shadowy lit shots at the radio station - in fact the A&C films I love best are all from this period, replete with the atmosphere the Universal technicians achieved seemingly so effortlessly then. To a fan: one of their best, to an unbeliever: don't trouble yourself or the fans.


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