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Fast and Loose (1939)

Passed | | Comedy, Mystery, Crime | 17 February 1939 (USA)
Rare booksellers Joel and Garda Sloane are engaged to find who is stealing rare books from a private library.

Director:

Edwin L. Marin

Writer:

Harry Kurnitz (original screen play)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Robert Montgomery ... Joel Sloane
Rosalind Russell ... Garda Sloane
Reginald Owen ... Vincent Charlton
Ralph Morgan ... Nicholas Torrent
Etienne Girardot ... Christopher Oates
Alan Dinehart ... Dave Hilliard
Jo Ann Sayers ... Christina Torrent
Joan Marsh ... Bobby Neville
John Hubbard ... Phil Sergeant (as Anthony Allan)
Tom Collins ... Gerald Torrent
Sidney Blackmer ... 'Lucky' Nolan
Donald Douglas ... Forbes
Ian Wolfe ... Wilkes
Mary Forbes ... Mrs. Torrent
Leonard Carey ... Craddock
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Storyline

The scrap of the Shakespeare manuscript is priceless. Nick Torrent owns it and is selling it. But then he is murdered and the manuscript is stolen. Joel Sloane is a rare book dealer and part time detective. Since he was trying to buy the manuscript for Mr. Oates, he is a suspect so he tries to solve the case. As the bodies pile up, Joel must solve the case or else Garda will be wearing black. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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Fast as FAST COMPANY and twice a funny! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Mystery | Crime | Drama

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 February 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Moj muž vodi - istragu! (Hitac u noći) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Tom Kennedy was originally scheduled to play "Reilly" but was replaced by Roy Barcroft. See more »

Goofs

The position of Rosalind Russell's arms around Montgomery's neck changes from medium shot to closeup when she tells him to 'hurry back.' See more »

Quotes

Joel Sloane: Ho-hum.
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Connections

Referenced in D.O.A. (1949) See more »

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A Nick and Nora Charles knockoff
20 August 2007 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

During the 1930s and 40s, MGM produced many successful "Thin Man" movies starring William Powell and Myrna Loy. They were wonderful little mystery films with a very strong emphasis on humor and the banter between the two leads. Here, MGM tries to make the formula pay off again, but this time with Robert Montgomery and Rosalind Russell in the leads. In so many ways the film was this old formula all over again, but somehow despite their best efforts the two leads just don't make it work as well as Powell and Loy--partly because the Thin Man films are so good it's hard to match them and partly because the script just isn't as good as the Thin Man scripts--it's just too complex and not all that interesting. Still, considering the Russell and Montgomery still are wonderful actors, the film pays off well enough to recommend it. I especially liked Montgomery's easy-going manner, though unfortunately the usually strong characters Russell plays aren't as evident here and she's rather over-shadowed by Montgomery.

So overall, it's not a bad little film--just don't expect the magic of Nick and Nora Charles.


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