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Fast and Loose (1939)

Passed | | Comedy, Mystery, Crime | 17 February 1939 (USA)
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 ... 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:

Passed | See all certifications »
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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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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Tom Kennedy was originally scheduled to play "Reilly" but was replaced by Roy Barcroft. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Garda Sloane: Well, I'm going downstairs and get a paper.
Joel Sloane: For what?
Garda Sloane: Oh, just to see if any of our friends have been murdered this morning.
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Referenced in Electrical Power (1938) See more »

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The Mystery of the Shakespeare Manuscript
26 October 2006 | by movingpicturegalSee all my reviews

Comedy/murder-mystery with a plot that's a bit rambling, but the action is considerably boosted up by the smart, snappy patter and chemistry between the two leads, Robert Montgomery and Rosalind Russell. They play a husband/wife duo who own a rare book business, sleep in twin beds, and soon get themselves mixed up with a house full of murder, intrigue, and the constant back and forth of characters appearing in satin robes or satin gowns as our couple plays detective to try and find out who is behind the mystery of a forged Shakespeare manuscript.

This film is fun, though the plot is sort of hard to follow, and there are too many boring side characters that don't really add anything to the mix. But - Rosalind Russell is smart and funny, as usual, and gets to appear in lots of gorgeous dresses and gowns, as usual. Robert Montgomery, well, is just so darn charming and attractive, how can he miss (okay, I admit I have a crush - I'm afraid my feelings about this film may have been altered based on the fact I'm still swooning over him). Mediocre story, but nicely played by the two leads who really seemed like a married couple to me (I thought it was cute when she tied a little ribbon into a bow around a strand of his thinning hair).


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