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Up in the Air (1940)

Approved | | Action, Comedy, Music | 9 September 1940 (USA)
A none-too-popular (nor good) radio singer, Rita Wilson is murdered while singing on the air in a radio studio. Radio page boy, Frankie Ryan, and his janitor pal, Jeff, solve the mystery ... See full summary »

Director:

Howard Bretherton

Writers:

Edmond Kelso (screen play) (as Edmund Kelso), Edmond Kelso (original story) (as Edmund Kelso)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Frankie Darro ... Frankie
Marjorie Reynolds ... Anne
Mantan Moreland ... Jeff
Gordon Jones ... Tex
Lorna Gray ... Rita Wilson (as Lorna Grey)
Tristram Coffin ... Farrell
Clyde Dilson Clyde Dilson ... Marty
Dick Elliott ... Hastings
John Holland ... Quigley
Carleton Young ... Stevens
Alex Callam ... Van Martin
Maxine Leslie Maxine Leslie ... Stella
Ralph Peters ... Delaney
Jack Mather Jack Mather ... Tim Wallace
Dennis Moore ... Pringle
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Storyline

A none-too-popular (nor good) radio singer, Rita Wilson is murdered while singing on the air in a radio studio. Radio page boy, Frankie Ryan, and his janitor pal, Jeff, solve the mystery for the none-too-sharp police. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Murder in a radio station...while the public listens! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 September 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Assassinato ao Microfone See more »

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Monogram Pictures See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The earliest documented telecast of this film in the New York City area occurred Saturday 6 May 1944 on pioneer television station WNBT (Channel 1). Post-WWII television viewers got their first look at in Detroit WSednesday 24 August 1949 on WXYZ (Channel 7), in Los Angeles Tuesday 13 September 1949 on KTLA (Channel 5) and in New York City Sunday 23 April 1950 on WPIX (Channel 11). See more »

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Remade as There Goes Kelly (1945) See more »

Soundtracks

Oh, Bury Me Not on the Lone Prairie
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Traditional
Sung by Gordon Jones
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Lights Go Out, Gun Goes Off
29 July 2014 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Frankie Darro as a studio page boy and Mantan Moreland as a janitor team up to solve a murder in Up In The Air. Singer Lorna Gray is shot to death during a rehearsal when the lights go out and a gun goes off. It's up to Frankie and Mantan to solve the crime especially since the cops are a pair of thickheaded detectives.

I have to say the film does have some funny moments. It also has some offensive ones. Both Darro and Moreland are aspiring radio artists and they've worked up a comedy sketch not unlike the act Moreland did in nightclubs with Ben Carter. But putting Darro in blackface was downright disrespectful. Later on in one of the Charlie Chan films Moreland does do that act with Carter and you should catch it if possible.

As it turns out Gray has quite a past and it's her past that's the key to solving her murder and that of Gordon Jones who wants to be a cowboy singer and get on the air.

For a Monogram Picture, not bad, but we sure didn't need the blackface.


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