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Sunset Murder Case (1938)

Approved | | Action, Crime, Drama | 11 November 1938 (USA)
Small-time showgirl, loved by two decent men, poses as a stripper to infiltrate a nightclub whose owner is believed responsible for her father's murder.

Director:

Louis J. Gasnier

Writers:

Harold Joyce (story "Sunset Strip Case" in Liberty Magazine), Paul Franklin (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sally Rand ... Kathy O'Connor
Henry King ... Band Leader Henry King
Esther Muir ... Lora Wynne
Lona Andre ... Nita Madera
Vince Barnett ... Barney
Kathryn Kane ... Penny Nichols (as Sugar Kane)
Dennis Moore ... Lou Fleming
Reed Hadley ... Oliver Helton
Paul Sutton ... Bapti Stephani
Stanley Price ... Eric Martin
Frank O'Connor ... Detective Sgt. Tom O'Connor
Mary Brodel ... Jane Baird
George Douglas George Douglas ... Carlo Rossmore
Bruce Mitchell Bruce Mitchell ... Everett
Lester Dorr ... Editor
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First of all this film was produced and distributed in 1938, and is not a 1941 production. The exhibitors and various censor boards objected to the original title, "The Sunset Strip Case" (because of the double meaning that implied a strip on Sunset rather than the name of the street, which is exactly what the producer had in mind when he hired fan-dancer Sally Rand, the hit of the Chicago Exposition and the later Texas Centennial), and Boston promptly banned the film, as Boston was often subject to do with far less reason than they had with this film. The film was tied up in law suits across the country brought against the various blue-nose boards who also blocked its showing, and all this was going on during the collapse of Grand National with GN president E. W. Hammons being hauled to court by exhibitors and creditors, including the production unit headed by this film's producer George A. Hirliman. The latter produced it for Grand National distribution, but Grand National had no ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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The Crimes that Shocked Hollywood! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 November 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Sunset Strip Case See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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American Film Institute Catalog of Feature Films (1931-1940) and also the 1941-1950 catalog (apparently because the film was re-released in 1941) both credit actress Dennie Moore with playing the role of Lou Fleming, Reporter, when, in fact, it's actor Dennis Moore, aka Denny Moore, as correctly listed above. See more »

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I'd Rather Look at You
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rough around the edges, for a film from 1938
16 April 2018 | by ksf-2See all my reviews

Last thing Sally Rand ever did. started in the silents, did a couple more talkies, then was done with hollywood. Co-star Vince Barnett actually stuck around and did a TON of talkies, right up to 1975. Sound, picture, and editing are all TERRIBLE, but I guess we're lucky to still have this one around in any form. When Sally does her stage act, the sound is so bad, it's distracting. Badly in need of restoration, but it's probably in public domain at this point, so it would have to be a non-profit that doesn't need the cash. almost useless to try to follow a story here... someone apparently murdered her father, and she's determined to track them down. Not sure what the heck is going on here.. be sure to watch the Dance of the Droopy Dresses about halfway through. Directed by frenchman Louis Gasnier; he had come to the US right when silents were starting in hollywood. he only made a couple more films after this one.... and probably his best known work was the un-intentionally funny "Reefer Madness". Skip this one... there's a reason it's rarely shown. More annoying than entertaining. thank goodness its over in an hour. Currently on Moonlight Movies channel.


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