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Forty Naughty Girls (1937)

Approved | | Action, Comedy, Crime | 24 September 1937 (USA)
While Oscar and Hildegarde are attending a Broadway show, a press agent is shot in an actress' dressing room and an actor is murdered onstage in full view of the audience. Oscar and Hildegarde are on the case.

Director:

Edward F. Cline (as Edward Cline)

Writers:

John Grey (screen play), Stuart Palmer (story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
James Gleason ... Inspector Oscar Piper
Zasu Pitts ... Hildegarde Withers
Marjorie Lord ... June Preston
George Shelley George Shelley ... Bert
Joan Woodbury ... Rita Marlowe
Frank M. Thomas ... Jeff Plummer
Tom Kennedy ... Detective Casey
Alan Edwards Alan Edwards ... Ricky Rickman
Stephen Chase ... Tommy Washburn (as Alden Chase)
Eddie Marr Eddie Marr ... Windy Bennett (as Edward Marr)
Ada Leonard Ada Leonard ... Lil
Barbara Pepper ... Alice
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Storyline

Police Inspector Oscar Piper and Hildegared Withers attend the opening night of a Broadway play in New York City, and the show's press agent is murdered before the curtain goes up. But the show must go on and while Piper is busily investigating the killing while the play goes on, the play's librettist is shot. Piper and Withers are in and out of dressing rooms, in audience cubicles belonging to the producer and press agent, and in the basement storeroom, and far stage left and right working on finding the killer before the curtain drops. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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The screen's funniest sleuth and sleuthess...on the trail of another crime!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 September 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El misterio del camerino See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This was the sixth and last feature film based on the Hildegarde Withers character. See more »

Quotes

Rita Marlowe: [after she has been kissed by Windy] Windy, this has got to stop! We've got to be sensible. We can't go on fooling Ricky forever.
Windy Bennett: Don't worry. Nobody could make Ricky believe you're anything but the angel he thinks you are.
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Followed by A Very Missing Person (1972) See more »

Soundtracks

Forty Naughty Girls
(1937) (uncredited)
Composer unknown
Performed by George Shelley, Marjorie Lord and chorus in the show
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A remake of a German language film named PREMIERE
3 January 2013 | by Dunham16-540-146590See all my reviews

The German language film is set during a performance of a musical revue. The production numbers of the musical review are staged as a musical. The murder mystery, in the theater while the performance progresses, is played as a standard detective story. This concept,of two independent stories played side by side, during a short time interval in the same theater in just over an hour, carries into the American remake. What is added to the American remake is that the inspector and the amateur sleuth are stock characters of a detective series. Neither the quality of the musical production numbers nor the plot line of the murder mystery live up to the German language original. The value of this film is more a valuable memory of films of this important era of the past than a film of high quality on its own right.


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