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Transatlantic Merry-Go-Round (1934)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical, Mystery | 2 November 1934 (USA)
Underworld king Lee Lother has been killed aboard a ocean liner, several people could have been the murderer. There is his mistress Anya Roysen, a married woman, who was jealous of his ... See full summary »

Director:

Benjamin Stoloff

Writers:

Leon Gordon (story), Joseph Moncure March (additional dialogue and scenes) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gene Raymond ... Jimmy Brett
Nancy Carroll ... Sally Marsh
Jack Benny ... Chad Denby
Sydney Howard ... Dan Campbell, the Drunk
Mitzi Green ... Mitzi
Sid Silvers ... Shorty
Frank Parker ... Frank Parker - Tenor Singer
Sidney Blackmer ... Lee Lother
Ralph Morgan ... Herbert Rosson
Shirley Grey ... Anya Rosson
Patsy Kelly ... Patsy Clarke
Sam Hardy ... Jack Summers
William 'Stage' Boyd ... Joe Saunders (as William Boyd)
Robert Elliott ... Inspector 'Mac' McKinney
Carlyle Moore Jr. ... Ned Marsh (as Carlyle Moore)
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Storyline

Underworld king Lee Lother has been killed aboard a ocean liner, several people could have been the murderer. There is his mistress Anya Roysen, a married woman, who was jealous of his flirtations with his old moll, night club singer Sally Marsh, who had agreed for one last night with Lother, to get her younger brother Ned out of the Lother's clutches because he has faked Lother's name on a check to pay his gambling debts. Then there is Sally's new flame Jimmy Brett, a con man and gentlemen thief, who has out-tricked Lother in a fixed poker game, and is, together with shorty, after the ladies jewels. Inspector McKinney suspects Joe Saunders, a recently released convict, who was arrested due to some tips by Lother, but Ned and Sally insist that they committed the crime alone. Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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Radio's Grandest Funster...making the waves rock with laughter in a star-studded merry-go-round of mystery, comedy and song! (Print Ad- Washington Reporter, ((Washington, Penna.)) 24 November 1934)


Certificate:

Approved
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 November 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Keep 'Em Laughing See more »

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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Wide Range Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This is purportedly the first time the term "Rock 'n' Roll", the title of the song performed by the Boswell Sisters, is used in a movie. See more »

Quotes

Sally Marsh: [after having told Jimmy Brett that she'd got quite a past] So if you have an appointment elsewhere, I'll excuse you.
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Crazy Credits

The film's title comes on the screen as a whirling ball of undifferentiated letters that eventually rolls out and spells out the title via animation. The same effect is used for "The End" title at the finish. See more »

Connections

Spoofs Grand Hotel (1932) See more »

Soundtracks

Rock and Roll
Music by Richard A. Whiting
Lyrics by Sidney Clare
Performed by Jean Sargent, The Boswell Sisters and Chorus
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Great film from the 30's featuring classic songs by Richard A. Whiting
20 February 2013 | by stringplayer99See all my reviews

This is a great film from the golden age of cinema. Jack Benny's Role in this is great. He has great comedic timing with the other cast members as well as some dramatic elements to his character. The best reason that this film is enjoyable today however is the fact that much of the humor in this film is still relevant today. The great screenplay includes jokes and humor that is still funny today. The music composed by Richard A. Whiting is absolutely fantastic. In fact a song that is jokingly credited as the first ever Rock and Roll song is featured in this film by the great Boswell Sisters, called "Rock and Roll." Another humorous thing about this movie is Nancy Carol's striking resemblance to the great actress Claudette Colbert.


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