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The Crimson Canary (1945)

Approved | | Mystery | 9 November 1945 (USA)
Members of a Jazz Band come under suspicion when a beautiful nightclub singer is murdered.

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Danny Brooks
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Jean Walker
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Roger Quinn
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Vic Miller
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Anita Lane
Danny Morton ...
Johnny
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Chuck (as James Dodd)
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Hillary
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Keys
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Detective Carlyle
Josh White ...
Josh White
Esquire All-American Band Winners ...
The Esquire All-American Band
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Coleman Hawkins
Oscar Pettiford ...
Oscar Pettiford
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Members of a Jazz Band come under suspicion when a beautiful nightclub singer is murdered.

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MURDER ON THE DOWNBEAT! (original print ad-all caps) See more »

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Hear That Trumpet Talk  »

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When Henry Blankfort testified at a 9/18/51 HUAC hearing during the McCarthy "Red Scare" period, he was "belligerent and strident" (according to The Hollywood Reporter) and, when mentioning this film, wryly pointed out that the title had nothing to do with politics. See more »

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One Meat Ball
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Written by Lou Singer and Hy Zaret
Performed by Josh White
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A fun film with an unusual hero and a jazz great.
1 June 1999 | by See all my reviews

Jazz saxophone pioneer Coleman Hawkins plays in the background of this fun mystery in which a jazz-mad detective secures his dream assignment: investigating a murder in a jazz cabaret. The detective's musical passion is infectious and the film stimulated my interest in jazz of all periods. For me the refreshing depiction of detective as music enthusiast raised the film above the level of most B-mysteries then prevalent.


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