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Danger on the Air (1938)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | 1 July 1938 (USA)
Caesar Kluck, soft-drink magnate, is found dead in the office of a big radio-broadcasting company. Benjamin Franklin Butts, a sound engineer, discovers that Kluck met his death from ... See full summary »

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Otis Garrett

Writers:

Betty Laidlaw (screenplay), Robert Lively (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Nan Grey ... Christina 'Steenie' MacCorkle
Donald Woods ... Benjamin Franklin Butts
Jed Prouty ... Harry Jones
Berton Churchill ... Caesar Kluck
William Lundigan ... Dave Chapman
Richard 'Skeets' Gallagher ... Finney Fish (as Skeets Gallagher)
Edward Van Sloan ... Dr. Leonard Sylvester
George Meeker ... Tuttle
Frank Milan Frank Milan ... Alexander MacCorkle
Lee J. Cobb ... Tony Lisotti
Johnny Arthur ... Aiken
Peter Lind Hayes ... Harry Lake (as Lind Hayes)
Louise Stanley ... Maria Lisotti
Eloise Rawitzer Eloise Rawitzer ... Miss Bello
Joe Downing Joe Downing ... Joe Carney (as Joseph Downing)
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Caesar Kluck, soft-drink magnate, is found dead in the office of a big radio-broadcasting company. Benjamin Franklin Butts, a sound engineer, discovers that Kluck met his death from cyanogen gas, administered in some mysterious fashion. Harry Jones, head of the company, fires Butts for making the public. Kluck has made many enemies and there are numerous suspects, including Christina "Steenie" MacCorkle, who is in love with Butts; her brother Alexander; radio announcer Dave Chapman; Tony Lisotti, the janitor who had discovered that Kluck was making love to his daughter Maria' Kluck's physician, Doctor Leonard sylvester, and Joe Carney, a racketeer who had been doing Kluck's dirty work. Butts pursues his investigation and his only clue is a deflated toy-advertising balloon he has found next to Kluck's body. Later, Butts discovers Tony;s body in a broom closet and, nearby, finds another deflated balloon, a straw and a pin. He then calls all the suspects together...and solves the mystery. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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A Murder Mystery Chiller-Diller! See more »

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 July 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Perigo pelo Rádio See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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A Crime Club Mystery. Based on "Death Catches Up with Mr. Kluck," by Xantippe (a pseudonym). See more »

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One of the best little b-movies I've ever seen
24 January 2001 | by Vigilante-407See all my reviews

This little gem is one of the most well-scripted programmers that I have ever had the pleasure to watch. The acting is great too, and you also manage to work in one of those rare mysteries that makes it hard but fun to guess who the killer is. It's all set at a radio station, where a crotchety old sponsor ends up getting murdered. Donald Woods plays a very intelligent and clever radio engineer and Nan Woods is the ad agency worker who helps him solve the mystery. I know the storyline sounds all old-hat, but I was pleasantly surprised at how refreshing this movie was...a very enjoyable hour!


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