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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 »

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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 »

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Featured in The Lady with the Torch (1999) 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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Kill Her Quick
21 October 2014 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Rita plays Gail Preston and gets her name on the first card, which counts as starring in this Columbia murder mystery. She also gets killed quickly enough that her dialogue don't foul up the effort. She's still learning how to read a line interestingly.

Not that anyone stands out as particularly good one-hour B movie. It's a mystery and soon enough Don Terry is investigating the matter, with plenty of red herrings thrown across the path. It's competent, but filled with old-fashioned stereotypes, uninspired wisecracking, and cheap interior sets.

This wasn't one of Coumbia's occasional A production in this era -- still produced on a budget that MGM might use for a short subject. Studio president Harry Cohn once said "I want one good picture a year, and I won't let an exhibitor have it unless he takes the bread-and-butter product." This was Cohn's bread-and-butter and there isn't much butter on in. Rita Hayworth's career would flourish, but no one else's.... except Cohn's.


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