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Fast and Furious (1939)

Passed | | Comedy, Crime, Musical | 6 October 1939 (USA)
Rare book dealers Joel and Garda take a summertime jaunt to the seashore where he becomes involved in a beauty pageant as investor and judge much to her chagrin.

Director:

Busby Berkeley

Writer:

Harry Kurnitz (original screen play)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Franchot Tone ... Joel Sloane
Ann Sothern ... Garda Sloane
Ruth Hussey ... Lily Cole
Lee Bowman ... Mike Stevens
Allyn Joslyn ... Ted Bentley
John Miljan ... Eric Bartell
Bernard Nedell ... Ed Connors
Mary Beth Hughes ... Jerry Lawrence
Cliff Clark ... Sam Travers
James Burke ... Clancy
Frank Orth ... Captain Joe Burke
Margaret Roach ... Emmy Lou
Gladys Blake ... Miss Brooklyn
Granville Bates ... Chief Miller
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Storyline

Joel and Garda Sloan, a husband and wife detective team, who also sell rare books in New York, take a vacation to Seaside City. At Seaside, Joel's pal, Mike Stevens is managing and preparing for their beauty pageant. Joel is made one of the judges plus he has invested $5,000 in it, to Garda's dismay. Eric Bartell, promoter, arrives to dupe Stevens. When Ed Connors, New York racketeer arrives, Bartell is mysteriously murdered. Joel and Garda set out to investigate the murder. Written by Kelly

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Crime doesn't pay with these two super sleuths on the job!


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 October 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A nagy riport See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

"Fast and furious" has the distinction of being the first American film shown in a newly-liberated Copenhagen, following Denmark's five-year German occupation in World War II. See more »

Quotes

Joel Sloane: [Leaving] look, Darling, you order something. I'll be right back. I've got to see the manager. He distinctly promised me a room overlooking the ocean.
Garda Sloane: But this one overlooks the ocean.
Joel Sloane: But I don't like this ocean.
[He leaves]
Garda Sloane: [the Bellboy chuckles] What's funny?
Brash Bellboy: Nothing... only the last place I worked was an insane asylum. I was hoping this'd be a little different.
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Connections

Follows Fast Company (1938) See more »

Soundtracks

You are my Lucky Star
(1935) (uncredited)
Music by Nacio Herb Brown
Lyrics by Arthur Freed
Played by a band at the Seaside City railroad station
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Slick comedy/mystery from MGM
4 April 2015 | by PaularocSee all my reviews

Franchot Tone and Ann Sothern star as Joel and Garda Sloane in this slick, lighthearted murder mystery. Joel loans his good friend Mike (Lee Bowman) $5,000 to invest in a beauty pageant. Mike invites Joel to the pageant and enlists him as a judge. When the pageant's producer is murdered and the police are convinced that Mike did it, Joel and Garda decide to investigate in order to clear Mike. It's all a bit of a lark since no one really liked the murder victim. As to be expected, Tone and Sothern did a good job with their banter and comedic flair. However, Sothern's Garda's excessive jealousy of Joel's casual attention to the bevy of beauties quickly becomes boring and somewhat annoying. The bit about the lion tamer (Frank Orth) and his two lions is far fetched but quite funny. This is an entertaining and enjoyable movie and is recommended.


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