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Transatlantic Merry-Go-Round (1934)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical, Mystery | 2 November 1934 (USA)
Underworld king Lee Lother has been killed aboard a ocean liner, several people could have been the murderer. There is his mistress Anya Roysen, a married woman, who was jealous of his ... See full summary »

Director:

Benjamin Stoloff

Writers:

Leon Gordon (story), Joseph Moncure March (additional dialogue and scenes) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gene Raymond ... Jimmy Brett
Nancy Carroll ... Sally Marsh
Jack Benny ... Chad Denby
Sydney Howard ... Dan Campbell, the Drunk
Mitzi Green ... Mitzi
Sid Silvers ... Shorty
Frank Parker ... Frank Parker - Tenor Singer
Sidney Blackmer ... Lee Lother
Ralph Morgan ... Herbert Rosson
Shirley Grey ... Anya Rosson
Patsy Kelly ... Patsy Clarke
Sam Hardy ... Jack Summers
William 'Stage' Boyd ... Joe Saunders (as William Boyd)
Robert Elliott ... Inspector 'Mac' McKinney
Carlyle Moore Jr. ... Ned Marsh (as Carlyle Moore)
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Storyline

Underworld king Lee Lother has been killed aboard a ocean liner, several people could have been the murderer. There is his mistress Anya Roysen, a married woman, who was jealous of his flirtations with his old moll, night club singer Sally Marsh, who had agreed for one last night with Lother, to get her younger brother Ned out of the Lother's clutches because he has faked Lother's name on a check to pay his gambling debts. Then there is Sally's new flame Jimmy Brett, a con man and gentlemen thief, who has out-tricked Lother in a fixed poker game, and is, together with shorty, after the ladies jewels. Inspector McKinney suspects Joe Saunders, a recently released convict, who was arrested due to some tips by Lother, but Ned and Sally insist that they committed the crime alone. Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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Radio's Grandest Funster...making the waves rock with laughter in a star-studded merry-go-round of mystery, comedy and song! (Print Ad- Washington Reporter, ((Washington, Penna.)) 24 November 1934)


Certificate:

Approved
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 November 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Keep 'Em Laughing See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Wide Range Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Under its re-release title, Keep 'Em Laughing, this film received its earliest documented telecast Monday 10 July 1944 on New York City's pioneer television station WNBT (Channel 1). On the West Coast, television viewers got their first look at it in Los Angeles Sunday 11 June 1950 on KECA (Channel 7). See more »

Quotes

Sally Marsh: [after having told Jimmy Brett that she'd got quite a past] So if you have an appointment elsewhere, I'll excuse you.
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Crazy Credits

The film's title comes on the screen as a whirling ball of undifferentiated letters that eventually rolls out and spells out the title via animation. The same effect is used for "The End" title at the finish. See more »

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Soundtracks

It Was Sweet of You
Lyrics by Sidney Clare
Music by Richard A. Whiting
Performed by Frank Parker, Nancy Carroll and chorus
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Shipboard drama with mystery, comedy, romance, and big musical numbers
6 September 2016 | by csteidlerSee all my reviews

Gene Raymond and Nancy Carroll lead a large cast in this entertaining but sometimes confounding ocean liner mystery. There's a lot going on:

Con man Gene Raymond boards the ship and immediately sets his sights on Nancy Carroll as a likely target; predictably, their relationship grows into something more complicated than he planned. Gangster Sidney Blackmer is also aboard, blackmailing and threatening right and left. Police inspector Robert Elliot is on a holiday but finds himself quickly pressed back into service when a man is murdered two days into the voyage.

Jack Benny plays a radio personality in charge of entertainment on the ship; his little troupe puts on a show that offers an interesting glimpse of Benny early in his radio career (but distracts from the film's plot, such as it is)—a skit, a song or two, and a big dance production, Busby Berkeley style, that looks great.

Another subplot involves cranky old Ralph Morgan and his runaway wife Shirley Grey….everything kinds of ties together by the end, but I have to say that with all of the musical and comic interludes it's a bit hard to follow.

Very enjoyable and certainly not boring—but it kind of left me scratching my head.


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