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Fast Company (1938)

Approved | | Romance, Comedy, Mystery | 8 July 1938 (USA)
A husband and wife team who are in rare books and are skillful at recovering stolen volumes for insurance companies become involved in the murder of a fence.

Director:

Edward Buzzell

Writers:

Harry Kurnitz (book) (as Marco Page), Harry Kurnitz (screenplay) (as Marco Page) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Melvyn Douglas ... Joel Sloane
Florence Rice ... Garda Sloane
Claire Dodd ... Julia Thorne
Shepperd Strudwick ... Ned Morgan
Louis Calhern ... Elias Z. 'Eli' Bannerman
Nat Pendleton ... Paul Terison
Douglass Dumbrille ... Arnold Stamper (as Douglas Dumbrille)
Mary Howard ... Leah Brockler
George Zucco ... Otto Brockler
Minor Watson ... Steve Langner
Donald Douglas ... Lt. James Flanner
Dwight Frye ... Sidney Z. Wheeler
Thurston Hall ... Dist. Atty. MacMillen
Horace McMahon ... Danny Scolado (as Horace MacMahon)
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Storyline

Joel Sloane is a rare book dealer and part time detective. He finds stolen or lost rare books for the insurance companies and gets a reward for their return. But this is a little different. Otto Brockler, a rare book dealer with questionable ethics, has been murdered. The list of suspects is long. Ned, who Otto sent to prison to get insurance money and keep him away from Leah. Leah, who is in love with the falsely convicted Ned. Elias, a silent partner in stolen and forged books. Sydney, a master forger of rare books. Julia, Otto's secretary who has expensive clothes and jewelry. Joel is the one who must find the murderer before he becomes the next victim. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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1938's PRIZE Mystery Novel! Now a Picture with twice the laughs and excitement!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 July 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Rare-Book Murder See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Claire Dodd was borrowed from RKO for this film. See more »

Quotes

Steve Langner: [Walking into the office and seeing the Sloanes kissing] Oh, pardon me. I thought this was a business office.
Joel Sloane: [Facetiously] Oh, we mean business.
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Connections

Followed by Fast and Loose (1939) See more »

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I've Got a Feelin' You're Foolin'
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Wrritten by Arthur Freed and Nacio Herb Brown
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Snappy but flappy
14 August 2019 | by olunclemikeSee all my reviews

The lines are rarely fun or clever. You may feel you could write a better screenplay at lunch next week. Still, there are delightful actors and actresses in the ensemble. E.g., Nat Pendleton in just a few late minutes got us to the labored finish.


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