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The Crimson Canary (1945)

Approved | | Mystery | 9 November 1945 (USA)
Members of a Jazz Band come under suspicion when a beautiful nightclub singer is murdered.

Director:

John Hoffman

Writers:

Peggy Phillips (screenplay), Henry Blankfort (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Noah Beery Jr. ... Danny Brooks
Lois Collier ... Jean Walker
John Litel ... Roger Quinn
Steven Geray ... Vic Miller
Claudia Drake ... Anita Lane
Danny Morton Danny Morton ... Johnny
Jimmie Dodd ... Chuck (as James Dodd)
Steve Brodie ... Hillary
John Kellogg ... Keys
Arthur Space ... Detective Carlyle
Josh White Josh White ... Josh White
Esquire All-American Band Winners Esquire All-American Band Winners ... The Esquire All-American Band
Coleman Hawkins ... Coleman Hawkins
Oscar Pettiford Oscar Pettiford ... Oscar Pettiford
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Storyline

Members of a Jazz Band come under suspicion when a beautiful nightclub singer is murdered.

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Taglines:

MELODY MURDER! (original print ad-all caps) See more »

Genres:

Mystery

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 November 1945 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hear That Trumpet Talk See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

When Henry Blankfort testified at a 9/18/51 HUAC hearing during the McCarthy "Red Scare" period, he was "belligerent and strident" (according to The Hollywood Reporter) and, when mentioning this film, wryly pointed out that the title had nothing to do with politics. See more »

Soundtracks

I Never Knew (I Could Love Anybody Like I'm Loving You)
(uncredited)
Written by Tom Pitts, Ray Egan and Roy K. Marsh
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A fun film with an unusual hero and a jazz great.
1 June 1999 | by jfrank-2See all my reviews

Jazz saxophone pioneer Coleman Hawkins plays in the background of this fun mystery in which a jazz-mad detective secures his dream assignment: investigating a murder in a jazz cabaret. The detective's musical passion is infectious and the film stimulated my interest in jazz of all periods. For me the refreshing depiction of detective as music enthusiast raised the film above the level of most B-mysteries then prevalent.


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