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Washington Melodrama (1941)

Passed | | Drama | 18 April 1941 (USA)
Calvin Claymore is a wealthy businessman trying to get a bill passed to help the starving children of Europe at the outbreak of World War 2. He meets a dancer at a night club, escorts her ... See full summary »

Director:

S. Sylvan Simon

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Marion Parsonnet (screenplay), Roy Chanslor (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Frank Morgan ... Calvin Claymore
Ann Rutherford ... Laurie Claymore
Kent Taylor ... Hal Thorne
Dan Dailey ... Whitney King (as Dan Dailey Jr.)
Lee Bowman ... Ronnie Colton
Fay Holden ... Mrs. Claymore
Virginia Grey ... Teddy Carlyle
Anne Gwynne ... Mary Morgan
Sara Haden ... Mrs. Harrington
Olaf Hytten Olaf Hytten ... Parry
Douglass Dumbrille ... Donnelly
Cliff Clark ... Simpson
Hal K. Dawson Hal K. Dawson ... Logan
Thurston Hall ... Senator Morton
Joseph Crehan ... Phil Sampson
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Calvin Claymore is a wealthy businessman trying to get a bill passed to help the starving children of Europe at the outbreak of World War 2. He meets a dancer at a night club, escorts her home, but later the girl is found murdered, and Claymore, who was seen leaving her apartment, is accused of her death. After a man's glove is found at the dead girl's apartment, the police start a frantic search for the other glove, and finally the real murderer is unmasked. Written by mikewilson61720@yahoo.com

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High adventure in the world's most dramatic city! See more »

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Drama

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USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 April 1941 (USA) See more »

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Tabloid See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This film was first telecast in Philadelphia Saturday 14 December 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6), followed by Los Angeles 17 January 1958 on KTTV (Channel 11), and by San Francisco 20 February 1958 on KGO (Channel 7); in New York City its earliest documented airing took place 16 August 1962 on WCBS (Channel 2). See more »

Soundtracks

Siboney
(1929) (uncredited)
Written by Ernesto Lecuona
Played by the band at the nightclub and danced by Virginia Grey and chorus
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Good Frank Morgan -- OK Movie
20 April 2004 | by AppalledSee all my reviews

Frank Morgan (the Wizard of Oz) usually played to perfection the utterly likable fraud, or the erring aging playboy. But around 1940, MGM began to give him the opportunity to play different types of roles in a series of pleasant but not too demanding pictures. In this one, Frank is a steel tycoon who is the head of a relief organization who gets mixed up in the murder of a showgirl. Frank, as always, is absolutely likable, but has one scene where he gets to utterly lose his temper. It's a revelation of a side one almost never sees in his pictures.

Rest of the movie isn't bad, except for a really dull production number early on. (The choreography is surprisingly ragged for MGM.) The acting besides Frank is only fair, the comic interludes painful, but the plot is actually pretty good, and the political debate that provides much of the conflict is eerily reminiscent of the debates about providing food aid to Iraq in Saddam's era. All in all, worth your time, but you might want to fast forward through the "funny" bits.


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