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Murder with Music (1941)

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The beautiful Nellie Hill has many admirers but when one of them gets killed all the others are suspected. All this in among some great singing and dancing, some great bands and songs. This... See full summary »

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Cast overview:
Bob Howard ...
Milton Williams ...
Ted (as Milton J. Williams)
Nellie Hill ...
Lola (as Nelle Hill)
George Oliver ...
Hal
Bill Dillard ...
Mike
Marjorie Oliver ...
Secretary
Ruth Cobbs ...
Mary Smith
Ken Renard ...
Bill Smith
Andrew Maize ...
Jerry
Pinky Williams ...
Lewis
Skippy Williams ...
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Alston ...
Dancer (as Alston & Young)
Noble Sissle ...
Themselves (as Nobel Sissel and his Orchestra)
Young ...
Dancer (as Alston & Young)
Johnson ...
Specialty dancer (as Johnson & Johnson)
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The beautiful Nellie Hill has many admirers but when one of them gets killed all the others are suspected. All this in among some great singing and dancing, some great bands and songs. This is a showcase for Black Entertainment of the time. Written by Anonymous

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terrible movie, but amusing and has good music and dancing
1 May 2009 | by (Upstate New York) – See all my reviews

The movie is pretty ineptly shot and edited, and a lot of the acting is really bad. The musical numbers however are quite enjoyable. The absurdity of the story is actually pretty amusing. The framing device for the movie is a reporter applying for a job. The editor isn't going to hire him, but spends the movie telling a story about a prior reporter on the nightclub beat. Occasionally the foreign reporter breaks in, speaks French or German, and leaves. In the end of the movie, they don't return to the editor's office, the movie ends in the past.

The funniest scene is when a man who's broken out of prison has tricked a policeman into letting him and his girlfriend into the apartment of an ex-policeman who's now a nightclub owner, so he can change out of the (I guess?) prison clothes underneath his trenchcoat. The policeman neither recognizes the prison escapee, not realizes he's not the ex-cop. Instead, he and the girlfriend do a musical number at the piano, while the woman's other boyfriend the reporter bops to the musical from his hiding place, and the escapee threatens partiers showing up at the door with a gun and ushers them into a closet.

The "Bangie from Ubangie" number on the television is also remarkable, as others have noted. The one black man in the number is wearing blackface! Why?


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