Murder in A-Flat (1952)

Approved | | Short, Music, Mystery | 28 March 1952 (USA)
Nobody plays 'Him/Herself" in this fictional murder mystery, even if the two leads, Skitch' Henderson and Frances Lane do play characters named Skitch Henderson and Frances Lane. In this "... See full summary »

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Charles Skinner

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Charles Skinner
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Cast

Cast overview:
Skitch Henderson ... 'Skitch' Henderson - Gossip Columnist / Piano Player
Frances Lane Frances Lane ... Frances Lane - Singer / Murder Suspect
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Nobody plays 'Him/Herself" in this fictional murder mystery, even if the two leads, Skitch' Henderson and Frances Lane do play characters named Skitch Henderson and Frances Lane. In this "Fictional-plot" film, band-leader Skitch Henderson plays a fictional newspaper gossip columnist named Skitch Henderson, which isn't Himself, and when a café-society playboy is murdered, the fictional Skitch Henderson joins in while the police investigate. While the police are taking fingerprints at the playboy's apartment, gossip-columnist Henderson sits down at the piano and starts playing, which is no big surprise since the fictional Skitch Henderson is played by the real Skitch Henderson who made a living playing the piano. The police bring in a fictional character named Frances Lane---oddly enough played by a real singer named Frances Lane--- as a prime suspect but she has an airtight alibi, which is a good thing for the career of the real Frances Lane. The police bumble around awhile while the ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Short | Music | Mystery

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 March 1952 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Movietone Melodies: Murder in A-Flat See more »

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RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Soundtracks

Love Me or Leave Me
Written by Walter Donaldson and Gus Kahn
Played on the piano by Skitch Henderson
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The fictional Skitch Henderson solves a murder mystery.
13 January 2008 | by horn-5See all my reviews

Nobody plays 'Him/Herself" in this fictional murder mystery, even if the two leads, Skitch' Henderson and Frances Lane do play characters named Skitch Henderson and Frances Lane. In this "Fictional-plot" film, band-leader Skitch Henderson plays a fictional newspaper gossip columnist named Skitch Henderson, which isn't Himself, and when a café-society playboy is murdered, the fictional Skitch Henderson joins in while the police investigate. While the police are taking fingerprints at the playboy's apartment, gossip-columnist Henderson sits down at the piano and starts playing, which is no big surprise since the fictional Skitch Henderson is played by the real Skitch Henderson who made a living playing the piano. The police bring in a fictional character named Frances Lane---oddly enough played by a real singer named Frances Lane--- as a prime suspect but she has an airtight alibi, which is a good thing for the career of the real Frances Lane. The police bumble around awhile while the fictional Frances Lane sings and the fictional Skitch Henderson plays the piano. The fictional Henderson hits a flat note and, of course, looks inside the piano, as the real Henderson would have never hit a flat note. There, he finds the murder weapon with plenty of fingerprints belonging to the real killer. The fictional Henderson hands over the gun to the police and departs with the fictional Lane. The fictional Henderson, in the style of the real Henderson, plays "Cling to Me" and "Love Me or Leave Me", and the fictional Lane sings, in the style and voice of the real Frances Lane, "A Little Bit Independent," also played on the piano by the fictional Skitch Henderson.


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