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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 ...
Editor
Milton Williams ...
Ted (as Milton J. Williams)
Nellie Hill ...
Lola (as Nelle Hill)
George Oliver ...
Hal
Bill Dillard ...
Mike
Marjorie Oliver ...
Secretary
Ruth Cobbs ...
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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During the first band song at the masquerade party, a shot shows three people on a couch and a woman in a plain dress seated left of screen. At the start of the second band song, a different view of the couch shows the same three people sitting on it, but there is now a woman in a patterned dress and wearing a mask on the left. Later shots alternate between the woman in the plain dress and the woman in the patterned dress. See more »

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Hello Happiness
Written by Sidney Easton and Augustus Smith
Sung by Noble Sissle, accompanied by his orchestra
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Like a David Lynch film but with good music and without the naked people
2 February 2010 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

This is a strange movie. The breaks in continuity, leaps of logic, robotic lines and random editing make it a surreal experience. Half a century later, bizarro director David Lynch would make a moderately successful career of it. Other aspiring filmmakers--like my 9- year-old nephew--would not be as lucky.

I genuinely found it engaging. All sarcasm aside, I had fun trying to piece together what was happening while at the same time counting the continuity missteps. It was a bit like that game in the Sunday funnies where you're supposed to find 10 things that are wrong with the picture. There's a shirt on a hanger... Now it's gone... Now there's a glass of milk... Now it has mutated into two empty glasses... At a certain point I became convinced that these "goofs" were deliberate, which is how Lynch fans defend such things. Maybe so. I also got a sense of a very "Airplane"-ish style of deadpan humour, as in the hilariously bizarre scene where a policeman is having a jolly time playing the piano whilst behind his back an escaped convict is pistolwhipping random strangers and forcing a few dozen people into a broom closet. The climactic scene (the titular "murder") is so fantastically contrived (and no less fantastically explained in one sentence) that you're left feeling like you just inhaled a mentholyptus cough drop ...up your nose and directly into your brain. What a trip!!

This film defies all ratings. You'll have to make up your own mind if it's a Lynchian masterpiece or a colossal turd (or both?). But I will say that the music is a real treat.


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