Two people have been murdered in Clayton by a mysterious killer using a blow-gun. Socialite club-leader Phoebe Witherspoon comments that "the town needs another Ma Pilkington, the best ... See full summary »
Two people have been murdered in Clayton by a mysterious killer using a blow-gun. Socialite club-leader Phoebe Witherspoon comments that "the town needs another Ma Pilkington, the best police chief the town ever had", and the town's newspaper editor, Henry Wright sends reporter Breezy to find the late Ma Pilkington's daughter, Jane "Pilky" Pilkington. She is given the job of tracking down the killer and policeman Mulligan is assigned to assist her. But after two more unsolved murders, Wright buys "Pilky" a ticket back to Horsetrot, the town in which they found her, and summons a Chicago detective to take over the case. "Pilky" is depressed by this turn of events and more so when she learns that Breezy is engaged to Maybelle, an actress. Mulligan is also fired. The killer strikes again by killing stage producer Tommy-Gun Tucker and the Chicago detective decides to go back to the safe confines of the Windy City, leaving "Pilky" again in charge. She sees Maybelle take a note out of ... Written by
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There were so many, MANY detective movie series during the '30s and '40s, and of such varying quality. One wonders, then, why Joan Davis, Leon Errol (both very popular in their day) and company weren't pushed for a series of their own. Granted we have only SHE GETS HER MAN to judge from, but it remains a real winner. Davis and Errol play beautifully off each other, and the denouement is actually a bit of a surprise! Too often in these comedy-thrillers, the hero or heroine are too brassy to elicit much sympathy from the audience; even comedy relief can get in the way, if the role is not properly written or cast
for instance, Lee Tracy, in DOCTOR X (1932) is so annoying, you
almost hope the bogeyman will get him. On the other hand, in THE MAD GHOUL (1943) for instance, when Rbert Armstrong, as the wisecracking reporter, gets his, it's not only a surprise, but a real bummer! In SHE GETS HER MAN, a perfect balance of humor and thrills is maintained, much in the spirit (no pun intended) of HOLD THAT GHOST, and leave you wanting to see more of them doing what they do best. Bravo - well done!
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