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Who Killed Gail Preston? (1938)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | 24 February 1938 (USA)
Gail Preston (Rita Hayworth), a band-singer with no shortage of enemies, is shot to death in the middle of her second song (dubbed by Gloria Franklin ---"The Greatest Attraction in the ... See full summary »

Director:

Leon Barsha

Writers:

Robert E. Kent (screenplay) (as Robert Kent), Henry Taylor (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Don Terry ... Tom Kellogg
Rita Hayworth ... Gail Preston
Robert Paige ... 'Swing' Traynor
Wyn Cahoon Wyn Cahoon ... Ann Bishop
Gene Morgan ... Cliff Connolly
Marc Lawrence ... Frank Daniels
Arthur Loft ... Jules Stevens
John Gallaudet ... Charles Waverly
John Graham Spacey ... 'Patsy' Fallon (as John Spacey)
Eddie Fetherston Eddie Fetherston ... Mike
James Millican ... Hank
Mildred Gover Mildred Gover ... The Maid
William Irving ... Arnold
Joseph Allen Joseph Allen ... Radio Technician (as Allen Brook)
James P. Burtis James P. Burtis ... Headwaiter (as James Burtis)
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Gail Preston (Rita Hayworth), a band-singer with no shortage of enemies, is shot to death in the middle of her second song (dubbed by Gloria Franklin ---"The Greatest Attraction in the World"----and the first suspect, Mr. Owen (Dwight Frye), is cleared when he falls to his death. Police Inspector Tom Kellogg (Don Terry, and his bumbling assistant, Cliff Connally (Gene Morgan, then focus their attention on band-leader "Swing" Traynor (Robert Paige), and his jealous sweetheart,Ann BIshop (Wyn Cahoon),but also keep an eye on Frank Daniels (Marc Lawrence), Jules Stevens (Arthur Loft)and Charles Waverly (John Gallaudet). Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Mystery... Set To Music! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 February 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Death in Swingtime See more »

Company Credits

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Columbia Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor High Fidelity Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Rita Hayworth got second billing in this film but she only appeared for 20 minutes. But during that time, she was sleekly gowned and coiffed and glamorously turned out. See more »

Connections

Remake of The Crime of Helen Stanley (1934) See more »

Soundtracks

Twelve O'Clock and All's Not Well
Written by Milton Drake and Ben Oakland
Sung by Gloria Franklin, dubbing Rita Hayworth
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20 August 2018 | by GManfredSee all my reviews

This would be a routine murder mystery if not for the plentiful number of suspects, and the fact that it takes place in a night club with a prison motif! waiters dressed as prison guards, a tough-talking emcee and the guests are seated in cells with prison bars. Of the plot itself, everyone onscreen has a motive to kill the nasty shrew Gail Preston, played by Rita Hayworth. To no one's surprise, she is murdered early on and the bulk of the film deals with the detective and his dim-witted assistant trying to solve the mystery.

Good job by all concerned and the murder is genuinely baffling, but to recreate the night of the murder, with all guests and staff members of the club assembled defies belief. In any case, you will be hard-pressed to figure out the guilty party. Most of the songs are long-forgotten but one, "Twelve O'clock And All's Not Well" is tuneful and may have gotten some mileage in the late 30's. And it is not Hayworth's voice - she was dubbed. Shown at Capitolfest, Rome, NY, 8/18.

6/10 - Website no longer prints my star ratings.


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