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Strange Affair (1944)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Comedy | 5 October 1944 (USA)
A comic strip artist and his wife investigate a murder at a banquet honoring war refugees.

Director:

Alfred E. Green

Writers:

Oscar Saul (screenplay), Jerome Odlum (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Allyn Joslyn ... Bill Harrison
Evelyn Keyes ... Jacqueline 'Jack' Harrison
Marguerite Chapman ... Marie Dumont Baumler
Edgar Buchanan ... Lt. Washburn
Nina Foch ... Frieda Brenner
Hugo Haas ... Domino / Constantine
Shemp Howard ... Laundry Truck Driver
Frank Jenks ... Sgt. Erwin
Erwin Kalser Erwin Kalser ... Dr. Brenner
Tonio Selwart Tonio Selwart ... Leslie Carlson
John Wengraf ... Rudolph Kruger
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Storyline

Dr. Brenner is organizing a banquet for war refugees, when he receives a phone call from his friend Baumler, who fears someone is trying to kill him. Preoccupied with work, Dr. Brenner passes on the responsibility of meeting Baumler to his friends: Bill, the creator of a comic strip sleuth, and his wife, Jacqueline "Jack" Harrison. At the banquet that night, Baumler seemingly dies of a sudden heart-attack. Bill suspects he has been poisoned. However, Jack suspects her husband is more interested in a woman involved in the case. So while Bill follows clues, Jack follows Bill. Written by L. Hamre

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It's the Hit-And-Fun Affair of the Year!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 October 1944 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Stalk the Hunter See more »

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Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Production number 1043. See more »

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Pistol Packin' Mama
(uncredited)
Written by Al Dexter
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Not 'Strange' enough...yet another knock-off of "The Thin Man", this time with juvenile humor
24 May 2010 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Allyn Joslyn is fairly insufferable playing a cartoonist who continually annoys the local police while butting into their cases; as his better half, Evelyn Keyes yips and yelps with cartoonish abandon, trying to make something light and cute out of this script. Based on Oscar Saul's story "Stalk the Hunter", four screenwriters (Saul included) manage to turn this comedic murder mystery into a flighty "Thin Man" derivative (the opening sequence typifies the rest: a cute visual followed by outright silliness). Plot has a doctor poisoned at a social gathering, with another doctor the prime suspect. As usual, the law is always three steps behind the snooping marrieds, and the one-liners alternate between amusing and ridiculous. *1/2 from ****


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