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Fast and Furious (1939)

Passed | | Comedy, Crime, Musical | 6 October 1939 (USA)
Rare book dealers Joel and Garda take a summertime jaunt to the seashore where he becomes involved in a beauty pageant as investor and judge much to her chagrin.

Director:

Busby Berkeley

Writer:

Harry Kurnitz (original screen play)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Franchot Tone ... Joel Sloane
Ann Sothern ... Garda Sloane
Ruth Hussey ... Lily Cole
Lee Bowman ... Mike Stevens
Allyn Joslyn ... Ted Bentley
John Miljan ... Eric Bartell
Bernard Nedell ... Ed Connors
Mary Beth Hughes ... Jerry Lawrence
Cliff Clark ... Sam Travers
James Burke ... Clancy
Frank Orth ... Captain Joe Burke
Margaret Roach ... Emmy Lou
Gladys Blake ... Miss Brooklyn
Granville Bates ... Chief Miller
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Storyline

Joel and Garda Sloan, a husband and wife detective team, who also sell rare books in New York, take a vacation to Seaside City. At Seaside, Joel's pal, Mike Stevens is managing and preparing for their beauty pageant. Joel is made one of the judges plus he has invested $5,000 in it, to Garda's dismay. Eric Bartell, promoter, arrives to dupe Stevens. When Ed Connors, New York racketeer arrives, Bartell is mysteriously murdered. Joel and Garda set out to investigate the murder. Written by Kelly

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Crime doesn't pay with these two super sleuths on the job!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 October 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A nagy riport See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The ship that Jerry Lawrence was booked on for her "world cruise" in August 1939 was the SS Panama. In reality in August of 1939, the SS Panama was celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the opening of the Panama Canal. The SS Panama and her two sister ships, the Ancon and the Cristbol, were part of the Panama Line and were billed as "The Safest Ships in the World" by their owners The Panama Railroad Company. These ships provided service between New York, Haiti, and the Canal Zone. At a cost of $4,000,000 each, they were 493 feet in length and had a top speed of 19 knots. See more »

Quotes

Chief Miller: [to Joel and Sam Travers] Well, you big town wise guys, I could lock you both up. You know that, don't yuh? And if either one of you interferes in this case again, I'll throw you in jail so far, it'll take a week to get beans to yuh! Now get out of here, both of you!
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Connections

References Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) See more »

Soundtracks

When the Moon Comes Over the Mountain
(1931) (uncredited)
Written by Kate Smith, Howard Johnson and Harry M. Woods
Played on piano by Rube Demarest and sung by him and Henry Roquemore, Tom O'Grady, Ernie Alexander, James Burke and others at the party
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Breezy comedy/mystery is enjoyable programmer...
29 November 2007 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

ANN SOTHERN and FRANCHOT TONE play a husband and wife team, a book dealer and his scheming, scatterbrained wife who get involved with murder at a seaside resort. She tags along to help solve the crime, but mostly because she knows there are too many bathing beauties around that might catch his eye.

Among the suspects are LEE BOWMAN, RUTH HUSSEY, MARY BETH HUGHES and ALLYN JOSLYN, with FRANK ORTH and some tame lions providing some unusual comedy relief. Miss Hussey is the surprise here, playing the sort of "heavy" role as a villainess that she seldom ever essayed in other films. Mary Beth Hughes does her usual blonde beauty routine and Allyn Joslyn is the best character actor in the cast.

With the accent on comedy, it's not difficult for FRANCHOT TONE and ANN SOTHERN to carry the leads with effortless charm.

Probably passed the time pleasantly as the second feature on a double bill, but hasn't dated as badly as some other comedy/mysteries of this sort have. Busby Berkeley is the unlikely director.


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