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Danger on the Air (1938)

Approved | | Adventure, Crime, Drama | 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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Otis Garrett

Writers:

Betty Laidlaw (screenplay), Robert Lively (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Nan Grey ... Christina 'Steenie' MacCorkle
Donald Woods ... Benjamin Franklin Butts
Jed Prouty ... Harry Jones
Berton Churchill ... Caesar Kluck
William Lundigan ... Dave Chapman
Richard 'Skeets' Gallagher ... Finney Fish (as Skeets Gallagher)
Edward Van Sloan ... Dr. Leonard Sylvester
George Meeker ... Tuttle
Frank Milan Frank Milan ... Alexander MacCorkle
Lee J. Cobb ... Tony Lisotti
Johnny Arthur ... Aiken (as John Arthur)
Peter Lind Hayes Peter Lind Hayes ... Harry Lake (as Lind Hayes)
Louise Stanley ... Maria Lisotti
Eloise Rawitzer Eloise Rawitzer ... Miss Bello
Joe Downing Joe Downing ... Joe Carney (as Joseph Downing)
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Storyline

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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100 WITNESSES WERE PRESENT When Mr. Kluck Was Murdered! See if you can spot the killer in 'DANGER on the AIR" (original poster) See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 July 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Perigo pelo Rádio See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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A Crime Club Mystery. Based on "Death Catches Up with Mr. Kluck," by Xantippe. The novel's author Xanthippe, was the pseudonym of Edith Meiser, who wrote and produced extensively for radio. See more »

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Murder at a radio station!
23 April 2001 | by MbarnumSee all my reviews

Universal put out a number of nifty mystery films in the 1930s and 1940s and this is one of the better ones. When a lecherous sponsor of a radio program gets bumped off there are no end to the suspects. Was it the lovely head of the ad agency? The young receptionist who had accepted the older mans expensive gifts? The inquisitive sound technician who is about ready to quit his job? The elevator operator with stars in his eyes? Or maybe the janitor who is worried about his daughters virtue? A great cast lead by beautiful Nan Grey who gives a surprisingly lively performance.


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