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Fast and Loose (1939)

Rare booksellers Joel and Garda Sloane are engaged to find who is stealing rare books from a private library.

Director:

Edwin L. Marin

Writer:

Harry Kurnitz (original screen play)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Robert Montgomery ... Joel Sloane
Rosalind Russell ... Garda Sloane
Reginald Owen ... Vincent Charlton
Ralph Morgan ... Nicholas Torrent
Etienne Girardot ... Christopher Oates
Alan Dinehart ... Dave Hilliard
Jo Ann Sayers ... Christina Torrent
Joan Marsh ... Bobby Neville
John Hubbard ... Phil Sergeant (as Anthony Allan)
Tom Collins ... Gerald Torrent
Sidney Blackmer ... 'Lucky' Nolan
Donald Douglas ... Forbes
Ian Wolfe ... Wilkes
Mary Forbes Mary Forbes ... Mrs. Torrent
Leonard Carey ... Craddock
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Storyline

The scrap of the Shakespeare manuscript is priceless. Nick Torrent owns it and is selling it. But then he is murdered and the manuscript is stolen. Joel Sloane is a rare book dealer and part time detective. Since he was trying to buy the manuscript for Mr. Oates, he is a suspect so he tries to solve the case. As the bodies pile up, Joel must solve the case or else Garda will be wearing black. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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Fast as FAST COMPANY and twice a funny! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Mystery | Crime | Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 February 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Moj muž vodi - istragu! (Hitac u noći) See more »

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Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This film was first telecast in Los Angeles Friday 25 January 1957 on KTTV (Channel 11), followed by Chicago 15 February 1957 on WBBM (Channel 2), by Minneapolis 16 February 1957 on KMGM (Channel 9), by Seattle 17 March 1957 on KING (Channel 5), by Altoona PA 22 March 1957 on WFBG (Channel 10), by Portland OR 13 April 1957 on KGW (Channel 8), by Phoenix 24 June 1957 on KPHO (Channel 5) and by Lubbock TX 7 July 1957 on KCBD (Channel 11) ; its initial airings in Philadelphia occurred 24 October 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6), in San Francisco 19 January 1958 on KGO (Channel 7), and in New York City 13 July 1959 on WCBS (Channel 2). See more »

Goofs

In the scene with the safe when Reginald Owen's arm is extended, its position changes. See more »

Quotes

Joel Sloane: [Talking to himself in bathroom mirror] I don't know who you are, my friend, but if you stand still, I'll shave you.
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Slow and Tedious
7 June 2002 | by hernanjpSee all my reviews

I love the films with Robert Montgomery. There was no one better at light comedy roles. And Roz was no slouch either. That's why this picture was so disappointing.

This picture is about two murders and 40 minutes too long. Don't try to keep up with who killed whom and why-you'll get a headache! Normally with a 30's whodunit you wouldn't expect to keep up with the plot twists. But here they just bog down the lifeless story more. It's dull and formulaic. Only the charm, wit and affection of the stars make this watchable at all.

But still, I'm not sorry I saw It-because as a film "buff," I wouldn't have believed otherwise that Montgomery and Roz had made such a stinker!


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