Nick and Nora head to Nick's hometown of Sycamore Springs to spend some time with his parents. His father, a prominent local physician, was always a bit disappointed with Nick's choice of profession in particular and his lifestyle in general. With Nick's arrival however the towns folk, including several of the local criminal element, are convinced that he must be there on a case despite his protestations that he's just there for rest and relaxation. When someone is shot dead on his doorstep however, Nick finds himself working on a case whether he wants to or not. Written by
In the sequence where the rumor is going around town that Nick is on a case, the woman at the butchers is prominently holding a war rationing stamp book in her right hand - something that would have been very familiar to audiences at the time. Meat rationing began in March, 1943 and didn't end until November, 1945. Another example of war-time rationing is the poster at the train station of the smiling GI holding his canteen cup that reads "Do with less - so they'll have enough". (Office of War Information poster #43, 1943) See more »
In the baggage car scene, Asta twice hides behind a milk can; once running from the right and the second time, running from the left. In the second sequence, the writing on the crates behind her is backwards. This is because the film editor simply reversed the negative from the first sequence in order to "create" the second. See more »
The Old Oaken Bucket
Lyrics by Samuel Woodworth
Music by George F. Kiallmark
Performed by William Powell
[Powell sings the first line of the song then continues with "Deep in the Heart of Texas"] See more »
With entry 5/6 it was a more conventional series, more mature and sedate than the sophisticated romp of 10 years previous. But still good clean fun, even with the Ed Brophy in the bushes gag!
Nick and Nora vacate to Nick's parents home in in quiet Hicksville, but find it suddenly bristling with murder, base intrigues and seedy bars. The plot's easier to follow than before, but that doesn't make it less entertaining: Based on the data collected whilst watching the first four films I deduced who the murderer was straight off (but not the real baddies) - but it was still wonderful to take part in the denouement. Character actors from the Falcon and Boston Blackie fill the screen, and even Donald MacBride appears as yes, a detective. Asta followed Nick closely throughout, Junior was left at school for the sake of all the viewers, however Nora was given a few out of character padding sequences. Favourite bit: At a dance Nora getting whisked into a prolonged hep jive with a sailor much to Nick's transfixed amazement.
So well worth watching for those of us who are looking for olde time production-line family entertainment and not High Art.
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