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Death of a Champion (1939)

Oliver Quade is a pitchman who follows state fairs that feature dog shows---which limits his territory more than a little---at which he sells encyclopedias...and does it well as he ... See full summary »

Director:

Robert Florey

Writers:

Frank Gruber (story), Stuart Palmer (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview:
Lynne Overman ... Oliver Quade
Virginia Dale ... Patsy Doyle
Joseph Allen Joseph Allen ... Richie Oakes (as Joseph Allen Jr.)
Donald O'Connor ... Small Fry
Susan Paley Susan Paley ... Lois Lanyard
Harry Davenport ... Guy Lanyard
Robert Paige ... Alec Temple
May Boley May Boley ... Ma Sloane
Hal Brazeale Hal Brazeale ... Gerald Lanyard
Frank M. Thomas ... Chief Sanders
David Clyde ... Angus McTavish
Walter Soderling ... Hofnagel
Pierre Watkin ... Albert Deacon
Robert McKenzie ... Dr. Taylor (as Bob McKenzie)
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Oliver Quade is a pitchman who follows state fairs that feature dog shows---which limits his territory more than a little---at which he sells encyclopedias...and does it well as he possesses a photographic memory that amazes the rubes. The Champion, in the title, is a Great Dane who has won the title at the Rubeville State Fair, and it isn't long before the Champion turns up dead, which is because somebody---motive unknown at the moment---has killed the Champion. This is repeated at other shows along the way and Quade's bright young assistant, "Small Fry", fancies himself as an amateur detective, and starts nosing around into the mystery and drags Quade along with him. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 August 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Morte de um Campeão See more »

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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One of over 700 Paramount productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. Its initial television presentation took place in Chicago Tuesday 13 January 1959 on WBBM (Channel 2), followed by Omaha 18 February 1959 on KETV (Channel 7). After nearly a year, it was once again taken out of the vault and enjoyed its initial airings in Milwaukee 1 December 1959 on WITI (Channel 6), in St. Louis 29 December 1959 on KMOX (Channel 4), in Toledo 9 January 1960 on WTOL (Channel 11), in Johnstown 8 June 1960 on WJAC (Channel 6), and in Cleveland 17 December 1960 on WJW (Channel 8). See more »

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Another film with a soon-to-die dog in the title.
24 December 2006 | by horn-5See all my reviews

See: "The Case of the Howling Dog": Oliver Quade (Lynne Overman) is a pitchman who follows state fairs that feature dog shows---which limits his territory more that a little but, hey, it's just a movie---at which he sells encyclopedias...and does it well as he possesses a photographic memory that amazes the rubes.

The Champion, in the title, is a Great Dane who has won the title at the Rubeville State Fair, and it isn't long before the Champion turns up dead, which is because somebody---motive unknown at the moment---has killed the Champion.

This is repeated at other shows along the way and Quade's bright young assistant, "Small Fry" (Donald O'Connor), fancies himself as an amateur detective, and starts nosing around into the mystery and drags Quade along with him.


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