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Who Done It? (1942)

Approved | | Comedy, Film-Noir, Mystery | 6 November 1942 (USA)
Two dumb soda jerks dream of writing radio mysteries. When they try to pitch an idea at a radio station, they end up in the middle of a real murder when the station owner is killed during a broadcast.

Director:

Erle C. Kenton

Writers:

Stanley Roberts (story), Stanley Roberts (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Bud Abbott ... Chick Larkin / Voice of Himself on Radio
Lou Costello ... Mervin Q. Milgrim / Voice of Himself on Radio
Patric Knowles ... Jimmy Turner
William Gargan ... Police Lt. Lou Moran
Louise Allbritton ... Jane Little
Thomas Gomez ... Col. J.R. Andrews
William Bendix ... Detective Brannigan
Don Porter ... Art Fraser
Jerome Cowan ... Marco Heller
Mary Wickes ... Juliet Collins
Ludwig Stössel ... Dr. Anton Marek
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Storyline

Two dumb soda jerks dream of writing radio mysteries. When they try to pitch an idea at a radio station, they end up in the middle of a real murder when the station owner is killed during a broadcast.

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Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 November 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Deux nigauds détectives See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono | Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Contains two references to Bud Abbott and Lou Costello's classic baseball routine, "Who's on First." Lou's exclamation, "Next you'll be telling me Watt's on second base," tops off his watts/volts exchange with Bud. When they later turn on a radio and hear "Who's on First" they promptly turn it off in disgust. See more »

Goofs

Costello running in fright in the radio station crashes through a glass partition, leaving a hole in his shape in the glass. Abbott, following, breaks away part of the glass to get through. Later, we see the hole in the partition in its original form. See more »

Quotes

Mervin Q. Milgrim: Hello! Give me Alexander 2222, please. Please give it to me. It's only over here on the other side of the street.
Telephone operator: The line is busy. Number, please.
Mervin Q. Milgrim: Alexander 2222!
Telephone operator: I can't hear you.
Mervin Q. Milgrim: Alexander 2222!
Telephone operator: Louder, please.
Mervin Q. Milgrim: If I talk any louder, I won't have to call them! They'll hear me!
Telephone operator: I'm sorry, sir, but you are all wet.
Mervin Q. Milgrim: Who's all wet? I'm all wet? Hold the line! Hold the line!
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Bud & Lou try to figure out Whodunnit? Classic A&C comedy
23 April 2003 | by george.schmidtSee all my reviews

WHO DONE IT? (1942) ***1/2 Abbott and Costello at their finest as two soda jerks/mystery writer wannabes embroiled in a murder mystery at a radio station with some frenetically funny moments. Lou is also appealing with the towering, wise-cracking love interest Mary Wickes.


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