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Strange Affair (1944)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Comedy | 5 October 1944 (USA)
A comic strip artist and his wife investigate a murder at a banquet honoring war refugees.

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Alfred E. Green

Writers:

Oscar Saul (screenplay), Jerome Odlum (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast overview:
Allyn Joslyn ... Bill Harrison
Evelyn Keyes ... Jacqueline 'Jack' Harrison
Marguerite Chapman ... Marie Dumont Baumler
Edgar Buchanan ... Lt. Washburn
Nina Foch ... Frieda Brenner
Hugo Haas ... Domino / Constantine
Shemp Howard ... Laundry Truck Driver
Frank Jenks ... Sgt. Erwin
Erwin Kalser Erwin Kalser ... Dr. Brenner
Tonio Selwart Tonio Selwart ... Leslie Carlson
John Wengraf ... Rudolph Kruger
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Dr. Brenner is organizing a banquet for war refugees, when he receives a phone call from his friend Baumler, who fears someone is trying to kill him. Preoccupied with work, Dr. Brenner passes on the responsibility of meeting Baumler to his friends: Bill, the creator of a comic strip sleuth, and his wife, Jacqueline "Jack" Harrison. At the banquet that night, Baumler seemingly dies of a sudden heart-attack. Bill suspects he has been poisoned. However, Jack suspects her husband is more interested in a woman involved in the case. So while Bill follows clues, Jack follows Bill. Written by L. Hamre

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It's the Hit-And-Fun Affair of the Year!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 October 1944 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Stalk the Hunter See more »

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Columbia Pictures See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Production number 1043. See more »

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Pistol Packin' Mama
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Written by Al Dexter
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Even Sillier Than The First One
25 May 2010 | by reader4See all my reviews

This is obviously a sequel to Dangerous Blonds (1943). So why did their names change?

I guess now any male crime solver who is assisted (or hindered, as the case may be) by his wife is a "Thin Man" ripoff. The price of success, I suppose. Does that mean Bringing Up Baby (1938) is a "Thin Man" ripoff? How about A Shot In The Dark (1964)? At least in that one, the crime solver was a cop.

(In case anyone is interested, which I doubt, my favorite "Thin Man rip-off" is There's Always A Woman (1938), which I also reviewed.)

There are a few interesting stars in this one. Nina Foch, who was great in Escape in the Fog (1945), is mostly wasted in a small part. Edgar Buchanan, who played Uncle Joe on Petticoat Junction, younger and skinnier (although not actually skinny) and with more hair than I've ever seen him. Shemp Howard in a rehash of a routine that originally was about dividing up money but now is about filling a laundry bag. (If you want to see Shemp in a great role outside The Three Stooges, check out The Bank Dick (1940)).

The humor is a step up from the 3-year-old level of the Three Stooges. More like the 8-year-old level. Enjoyable enough, but I didn't keep it. I did keep Dangerous Blonds, though, which is a shade less juvenile, although still very silly and ridiculous.


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