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Fast Company (1938)

Approved | | Romance, Comedy, Mystery | 8 July 1938 (USA)
A husband and wife team who are in rare books and are skillful at recovering stolen volumes for insurance companies become involved in the murder of a fence.

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Edward Buzzell

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Harry Kurnitz (book) (as Marco Page), Harry Kurnitz (screenplay) (as Marco Page) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Melvyn Douglas ... Joel Sloane
Florence Rice ... Garda Sloane
Claire Dodd ... Julia Thorne
Shepperd Strudwick ... Ned Morgan
Louis Calhern ... Elias Z. 'Eli' Bannerman
Nat Pendleton ... Paul Terison
Douglass Dumbrille ... Arnold Stamper (as Douglas Dumbrille)
Mary Howard ... Leah Brockler
George Zucco ... Otto Brockler
Minor Watson ... Steve Langner
Donald Douglas ... Lt. James Flanner
Dwight Frye ... Sidney Z. Wheeler
Thurston Hall ... Dist. Atty. MacMillen
Horace McMahon ... Danny Scolado (as Horace MacMahon)
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Storyline

Joel Sloane is a rare book dealer and part time detective. He finds stolen or lost rare books for the insurance companies and gets a reward for their return. But this is a little different. Otto Brockler, a rare book dealer with questionable ethics, has been murdered. The list of suspects is long. Ned, who Otto sent to prison to get insurance money and keep him away from Leah. Leah, who is in love with the falsely convicted Ned. Elias, a silent partner in stolen and forged books. Sydney, a master forger of rare books. Julia, Otto's secretary who has expensive clothes and jewelry. Joel is the one who must find the murderer before he becomes the next victim. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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1938's PRIZE Mystery Novel! Now a Picture with twice the laughs and excitement!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 July 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Rare-Book Murder See more »

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Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Re-titled 'The Rare Book Murder' in order to avoid confusion with the similarly titled Fast Company (1953), this film was initially telecast in Philadelphia Sunday 23 March 1960 on WFIL (Channel 6), followed by Los Angeles 22 April 1958 on KTTV (Channel 11); in New York City, it first aired 21 July 1959 on WCBS (Channel 2), and in San Francisco 4 June 1960 on KGO (Channel 7). Its original title has since been restored and it's in the Turner Classic Movies film library. See more »

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Joel Sloane: You know, this thing's apt to blow the whole rare book business sky high. Play ball with me, Miss Thome. The explosion won't singe a hair of your very pretty head. I want to be on your team.
Julia Thorne: [Flirtatiously] When do we play the next game?
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Look out Nick and Nora, here come Joel and Garda
1 June 2006 | by chank46See all my reviews

This is simply a terrific movie. Done in the "Thin Man" vein, it is not a cheap imitation, it has a life of its own. Florence Rice and Melvyn Douglas have some real chemistry going on as Garda and Joel Sloane. The entire cast look like they are really enjoying this one. Fast paced and slick, with just enough comedic touches, this movie succeeds in being very entertaining. Florence Rice has never looked more beautiful, as she dishes it out and takes it from Melvyn Douglas who is both witty and charming all the while putting together the clues to solve the murder. Louis Calhern gives a really solid performance as the villain, and veterans George Zucco, Douglas Dumbrille and Thurston Hall add to the drama and the mystery. Claire Dodd and Mary Howard give some more feminine charm to the proceedings, and Nat Pendleton makes an appearance for some comic relief. Throw in a young Shepperd Strudwick as the accused and you have a real find here in this movie. Florence Rice continues to impress as a truly gifted actress, this movie shows again the marvelous talent of this performer and the cruel twist of fate that has left her in obscurity. Hopefully this film will be available on DVD. Should have been the first of a series..........


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