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Washington Melodrama (1941)

Passed | | Drama | 18 April 1941 (USA)
Calvin Claymore is a wealthy businessman trying to get a bill passed to help the starving children of Europe at the outbreak of World War 2. He meets a dancer at a night club, escorts her ... See full summary »


S. Sylvan Simon


Marion Parsonnet (screenplay), Roy Chanslor (screenplay) | 1 more credit »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Frank Morgan ... Calvin Claymore
Ann Rutherford ... Laurie Claymore
Kent Taylor ... Hal Thorne
Dan Dailey ... Whitney King (as Dan Dailey Jr.)
Lee Bowman ... Ronnie Colton
Fay Holden ... Mrs. Claymore
Virginia Grey ... Teddy Carlyle
Anne Gwynne ... Mary Morgan
Sara Haden ... Mrs. Harrington
Olaf Hytten Olaf Hytten ... Parry
Douglass Dumbrille ... Donnelly
Cliff Clark Cliff Clark ... Simpson
Hal K. Dawson Hal K. Dawson ... Logan
Thurston Hall ... Senator Morton
Joseph Crehan ... Phil Sampson


Calvin Claymore is a wealthy businessman trying to get a bill passed to help the starving children of Europe at the outbreak of World War 2. He meets a dancer at a night club, escorts her home, but later the girl is found murdered, and Claymore, who was seen leaving her apartment, is accused of her death. After a man's glove is found at the dead girl's apartment, the police start a frantic search for the other glove, and finally the real murderer is unmasked. Written by mikewilson61720@yahoo.com

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Release Date:

18 April 1941 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


This film was first telecast in Philadelphia Saturday 14 December 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6), followed by Los Angeles 17 January 1958 on KTTV (Channel 11), and by San Francisco 20 February 1958 on KGO (Channel 7); in New York City its earliest documented airing took place 16 August 1962 on WCBS (Channel 2). See more »


Fishing for Suckers
Music and Lyrics by Earl K. Brent (as Earl Brent)
Played during the opening credits
Played by the nightclub band and sung and danced by Dan Dailey (uncredited) and Virginia Grey (uncredited)
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A Bit of everything
3 July 2012 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Washington Melodrama has a bit of everything in it, murder, infidelity, politics, the war, and a Busby Berkeley style musical number in a nightclub with a swimming pool. All that in a film from the B picture unit with MGM's B contract players.

At one time Frank Morgan played more serious type roles as he does here primarily. But after he scored such a success in The Affairs Of Cellini getting an Oscar nomination playing the oafish, addle-pated Duke of Florence and following that up with the French territorial Governor in Naughty Marietta, the movie-going public saw him rarely do anything else. Here he's the lead as a millionaire industrialist who is in the nation's capital lobbying for a bill to bring relief to the starving in war torn Europe.

Taken to a nightclub by a rakish US Senator friend Thurston Hall, he gets an arranged meeting with dancer Anne Gwynne and they begin an innocent flirtation that has the potential to get serious with Morgan's wife and daughter away. Then Gwynne gets herself murdered and Morgan is involved.

His daughter Ann Rutherford stands by him, but her boyfriend Kent Taylor is a newspaper columnist and his instincts takeover. Between the two of them sometimes working at cross purposes it's a job to clear Morgan and find the real culprit. We know who it is, but they don't. And looming in the background is Morgan's pet project the relief bill which is in danger of being torpedoed in the scandal.

Lee Bowman plays Taylor's sidekick reporter, Douglass Dumbrille for once is not a villain playing the District Attorney. And as a song and dance couple at the nightclub are Dan Dailey and Virginia Grey. This film shows all of Dailey's talents as dancer and actor.

Most of all this film belongs to Morgan showing him capable of doing more than being an oaf. I'm sure he was grateful for the chance.

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