On vacation, schoolteacher/detective Miss Withers flies to Catalina Island; on landing, a passenger is found mysteriously dead. With local authorities unwilling to make waves over a natural (they hope) death, Miss Withers interests her old friend Inspector Piper in the case; for reasons of his own, he flies out to take over the investigation. He should know better than to try taking over from Miss Withers...Written by
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The plane at the beginning of the film flying to Catalina is a Douglas Dolphin 114, registration NC14204. It was one of four airplanes in the Wilmington-Catalina Airlines fleet at the time. It was handed over to the Army in September 1942 and subsequently shipped to Australia. On July 29, 1943 it crashed at Rose Bay, NSW, Australia and was stripped for parts. Only 58 of all variants of the Dolphin were made. The plane was also used in Living on Velvet (1935). See more »
A shoe with a "K" carved on the heel would leave an impression with the "K" reversed. The "K" in the heel print in the movie is not reversed, showing that it's not really a heel print. See more »
[to Hildegarde and Oscar]
That body was here when I came in at one o'clock this morning. Someone must have stolen it.
I meant to tell yuh, Hildegarde. One of the first things to remember about handling a murder case is always keep in touch with your corpse.
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This, and Penguin Pool Murder, are just plain fun and pleasant. Both are well written, surprisingly well photographed and edited. As I get older, I like less drama and more mystery, and more characters. Not a bad format for a TV mystery, like a light-hearted Columbo.
I did not have an appreciation of James Gleason until viewing these two. He is often a minor character actor as is Edna May Oliver (sometimes Mae). Both fare very well as lead actors. It was fun to see a younger Leo G Carroll.
These old movies give one a glimpse of early 1930's America, although perhaps an inaccurate one (it was Depression time). Murder on a Honeymoon shows Catalina Island offshore of Los Angeles in 1935 and of travel/commute by seaplane. It hasn't changed much except that the seaplanes are gone.
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