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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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Rip Roaring Sequel to "Fast Company" See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Mystery | Crime | Drama

Certificate:

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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

This film was first telecast in Los Angeles Friday 25 January 1957 on KTTV (Channel 11), followed by Chicago 15 February 1957 on WBBM (Channel 2), by Minneapolis 16 February 1957 on KMGM (Channel 9), by Seattle 17 March 1957 on KING (Channel 5), by Altoona PA 22 March 1957 on WFBG (Channel 10), by Portland OR 13 April 1957 on KGW (Channel 8), by Phoenix 24 June 1957 on KPHO (Channel 5) and by Lubbock TX 7 July 1957 on KCBD (Channel 11) ; its initial airings in Philadelphia occurred 24 October 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6), in San Francisco 19 January 1958 on KGO (Channel 7), and in New York City 13 July 1959 on WCBS (Channel 2). See more »

Goofs

In the scene with the safe when Reginald Owen's arm is extended, its position changes. See more »

Quotes

'Lucky' Nolan: [Resentfully] You have a peculiar genius for mixing in my affairs.
Joel Sloane: You have some peculiar affairs.
'Lucky' Nolan: [Threateningly] I'm going to show you the unpleasant side of snooping, Mr. Sloane.
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Referenced in D.O.A. (1949) See more »

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Lots of fun! Montgomery and Russell are Wonderful
5 December 2007 | by bozo-59See all my reviews

Here's the story of the entertainment industry; if something works then copy it. What was working back in the 30's was The Thin Man, the very popular series with William Powell and Myrna Loy. So, every other studio including the poverty row ones cranked out clones featuring husband and wife teams solving mysteries. The best of these, in my opinion were the three films featuring book seller and part-time detective Joel Sloane and his wife Garda. Each of the three films featured a different set of actors playing the Sloanes. The first film, "Fast Company" starred Melvyn Douglas and Florence Rice followed by this film with Robert Montgomery and Rosalind Russell. The last of the films, "Fast and Furious" had Franchot Tone and Ann Sothern. I like all three films, but this one is my favorite probably because I really like Robert Montgomery and Rosalind Russell, but also because the supporting cast was also good displaying the talents of Reginald Owen and Sidney Blackmer. It's also a good story and nice mystery with some great comic relief. The chemistry between Montgomery and Russell seemed genuine to me and unlike one other reviewer I thought Mongomery transitioned well between the comedy and action elements of the story. Any comparison between this film and the disappointing Lord Peter Wimsey story "Haunted Honeymoon" is way off base. Again, I like all three of the films and would recommend them to anyone who enjoys the mystery films from this era. I've watched this one many times and continue to find it funny and entertaining with each viewing. This may not match the best of the Thin Man movies, but it's far better than a couple of the weaker entries.


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