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Genius at Work (1946)

Approved | | Comedy, Crime | 20 October 1946 (USA)
Two actors who star in a radio detective show find themselves pitted against a villain calling himself the Cobra, who has an affinity for torture chambers.

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Two actors who star in a radio detective show find themselves pitted against a villain calling himself the Cobra, who has an affinity for torture chambers.

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Lionel Atwill finished this film in August 1945, before starting work on the feature "House of Dracula" and the serial "Lost City of the Jungle," from which he was forced to withdraw in February 1946 due to illness. His April passing from bronchial cancer was followed six months later by this film's eventual release, more than a year since its completion. See more »

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Remake of Super-Sleuth (1937) See more »

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RKO's final effort to present Carney and Brown as the next "Abbott and Costell" doesn't quite work
4 September 2006 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Jealous of the success of Abbott and Costello at Universal Studios, RKO decided to create their own version of the team in the form of Carney and Brown. While the duo didn't bear much physical similarity to the other team, the writing for their films often seemed identical to those who wrote for Abbott and Costello.

This film is rather reminiscent of the Abbott and Costello film WHO DONE IT? Both are about the duo working on a radio detective show and they actually get tangled up in a REAL crime--which they then solve on the air. However, since WHO DONE IT? came out four years earlier and featured the original comedy team, you are left wondering "why not just watch the original?". The bottom line is that this is a very competently written rip-off of the other film.

Along with Carney and Brown, the film stars Anne Jeffreys and Bela Lugosi (who both starred with the team in ZOMBIES ON Broadway) as well as Lionel Atwill. Atwill comes off pretty good as the main villain, but Lugosi fans will no doubt be disappointed that Bela is given a subordinate and rather dull role in the film.


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