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The Gracie Allen Murder Case (1939)

Approved | | Comedy, Mystery | 2 June 1939 (USA)
The zany plot follows nitwit Gracie Allen trying to help master sleuth Philo Vance solve a murder. Allen's uncle fixes her up with Bill at a company picnic. When the two go out to a ... See full summary »

Director:

Alfred E. Green

Writers:

Nat Perrin (screenplay), S.S. Van Dine (based on the book by)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Gracie Allen ... Gracie Allen
Warren William ... Philo Vance
Ellen Drew ... Ann Wilson
Kent Taylor ... Bill Brown
Judith Barrett ... Dixie Del Marr
Donald MacBride ... Dist. Atty. John Markham
Jed Prouty ... Uncle Ambrose
Jerome Cowan ... Daniel Mirche
H.B. Warner ... Richard Lawrence
William Demarest ... Police Sgt. Ernest Heath
Sam Lee Sam Lee ... Thug (as Sammy Lee)
Al Shaw Al Shaw ... Thug
Richard Denning ... Fred
Irving Bacon ... Hotel Clerk
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Storyline

The zany plot follows nitwit Gracie Allen trying to help master sleuth Philo Vance solve a murder. Allen's uncle fixes her up with Bill at a company picnic. When the two go out to a nightclub that night, Gracie inadvertently links Bill to the murder of a thug after finding the dead body and Bill's cigarette case at the scene of the crime. While being questioned at the club, she meets Vance who's investigating the homicide. After Gracie's bungled attempts to solve the case, Vance decides it might be easier to have her working with him. Despite Gracie's "help," the two eventually find the real killer. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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Comedy | Mystery

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 June 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Comédia de um Crime See more »

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Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

S.S. Van Dine wrote the Gracie Allen Murder Case in 1938 to introduce his real life friend, Gracie Allen, into a Philo Vance Murder Mystery. George Burns made a appearance in the novel as the head perfume-smeller at the In-O-Scent Perfume Corporation, but his character was not utilized in the film. See more »

Quotes

Philo Vance: The question is, then, why would the killer have brought the body here?
Gracie Allen: Well, they've got a wonderful floor show.
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits show a grist mill. Each of the paddles has a character name and the actor who portrays him; the other credits are listed against a background of the nearby web rocks. See more »

Connections

Follows The Canary Murder Case (1929) See more »

Soundtracks

Snug as a Bug in the Rug
Music by Matty Malneck
Lyrics by Frank Loesser
Sung by Gracie Allen
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Amazing Gracie
27 July 2007 | by Dan-13See all my reviews

This film's been getting trashed pretty hard, which is a shame because it's actually a lot of fun and Gracie Allen shines in it. OK, so it's not the most complicated mystery, but it does have some suspenseful moments, especially the climax which gives new meaning to cigarettes being hazardous to your health. The film's real charms come from Gracie Allen, whose scatterbrained antics generate a lot of laughs. Warren William is also perfect reprising his role of Philo Vance (Fido, to Gracie) and hilariously playing straight man to Mrs. George Burns.

I'd advise anyone who panned this film to give it another chance. You may be surprised.


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