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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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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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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

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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

Joel and Garda sustain black eye injuries from having their auto run off the road by Lucky Nolan's gang. They even put raw meat over the black eyes for relief. The black eyes are shown in the next few scenes. But a few hours later that night both eyes return to normal. 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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Follows Fast Company (1938) See more »

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Thin Man ripoff doesn't fly
3 January 2006 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

It's a good thing Robert Montgomery and Rosalind Russell were the stars of "Fast and Loose," otherwise, there would be nothing to recommend it. They are wonderful as a sort of penniless Nick and Nora hot on the trail of a stolen Shakespearian manuscript. I found it a little hard to follow as far as who killed whom and why.

Both actors were excellent at both comedy and drama, and in fact, right before seeing this, I saw them in "Night Must Fall." What a difference! And really, it is a tribute to the talent of both that they could do such different types of films so easily.

I wish they'd had a better script to work with. This film is too long and too confusing. But if you want to see two masters at work, by all means, check it out.


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Language:

English

Release Date:

17 February 1939 (USA) See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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