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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
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Police Lt. Lou Moran
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Jane Little
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Col. J.R. Andrews
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Detective Brannigan
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Art Fraser
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Marco Heller
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Juliet Collins
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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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Trivia

When Lou Costello shows up at the studio to claim his "Wheel of Fortune" prize, the music the studio orchestra plays is "You're a Lucky Fellow, Mr. Smith" from the previous Bud Abbott and Lou Costello film Buck Privates (1941). See more »

Goofs

Costello running in fright in the radio station crashes through a glass partition, leaving a hole in his shape in the glass. Abbott, following, breaks away part of the glass to get through. Later, we see the hole in the partition in its original form. See more »

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Mervin Q. Milgrim: [Mervin and Chick and performing their radio play for Juliet, Mervin's holding a gun on Chick] Bang! Ow! Bang! Ow! Bang! Ow!
Juliet Collins: Wait a minute, if you're shooting at him
[Chick]
Juliet Collins: , then why are you yelling?
Mervin Q. Milgrim: I'm holding the gun backwards!
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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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