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Danger on the Air (1938)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | 1 July 1938 (USA)
Caesar Kluck, soft-drink magnate, is found dead in the office of a big radio-broadcasting company. Benjamin Franklin Butts, a sound engineer, discovers that Kluck met his death from ... See full summary »

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Caesar Kluck, soft-drink magnate, is found dead in the office of a big radio-broadcasting company. Benjamin Franklin Butts, a sound engineer, discovers that Kluck met his death from cyanogen gas, administered in some mysterious fashion. Harry Jones, head of the company, fires Butts for making the public. Kluck has made many enemies and there are numerous suspects, including Christina "Steenie" MacCorkle, who is in love with Butts; her brother Alexander; radio announcer Dave Chapman; Tony Lisotti, the janitor who had discovered that Kluck was making love to his daughter Maria' Kluck's physician, Doctor Leonard sylvester, and Joe Carney, a racketeer who had been doing Kluck's dirty work. Butts pursues his investigation and his only clue is a deflated toy-advertising balloon he has found next to Kluck's body. Later, Butts discovers Tony;s body in a broom closet and, nearby, finds another deflated balloon, a straw and a pin. He then calls all the suspects together...and solves the mystery. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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This was the last of four Universal Crime Club features to be telecast on New York City's Dumont Television Station WABD in November-December 1946, marking the first breakthrough of major studio films being telecast in the postwar era; this actually came about because, by this time, they had fallen into the hands of Astor Pictures Corporation, who had been distributing them theatrically for the past four years. The three that preceded it were _The Black Doll (1938)_, _The Lady in the Morgue (1938)_, and _The Westland Case (1937)_. It would not be until ten years later that Universal itself, and the rest of the majors, opened their vaults to their longtime rival. In Washington DC it first aired Monday 21 July 1947 on WTTG (Channel 5), in Chicago 11 March 1948 on WBKB (Channel 4), and in Baltimore Saturday 8 May 1948 on WMAR (Channel 2). On the West Coast it received its earliest documented telecast in San Francisco Tuesday 13 December 1949 on KPIX (Channel 5). See more »

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A treat for fans of movie mysteries.
20 January 2004 | by (Toronto, Ontario) – See all my reviews

DANGER ON THE AIR (1938) is a delight for fans of B movie mysteries. The setting is a radio station and the pace is quick and full of fun characters. The leads, Nan Grey and Donald Woods, are a well-matched set of amateur sleuths. Their objective is to solve the murder of a lecherous, tight-fisted sponsor. They certainly have enough suspects among the staff and rivals in the media industry. It is great fun seeing a young Lee J. Cobb portray the elderly janitor. An entertaining bonus is a baby-faced Peter Lind Hayes doing bang on impersonations of famous radio stars of the time. Get that popcorn ready and turn the lights down low.


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