Fast and Furious (1939)

Genres - Comedy, Mystery  |   Sub-Genres - Whodunit  |   Release Date - Oct 6, 1939 (USA)  |   Run Time - 73 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Harry Kurnitz' fictional book-dealer/detectives Joel and Garda Sloane appeared in three MGM "B"s of the late 1930s, each with different stars in the leads. Fast and Furious, the last of the mini-series, featured Franchot Tone and Ann Sothern as the Sloanes. The couple attends a seaside beauty contest, where a murder occurs. As Joel Sloane tries to solve the mystery, he is hindered by Garda, who isn't too keen on the many bathing belles present. Unlike the previous Sloane mysteries, no rare books are involved in the crime, and the film more closely resembles a pocket-edition Thin Man. Fast and Furious was directed by none other than Busby Berkeley, proving he was just as adept with corpses as with chorus girls.

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beauty [physical], beauty-pageant, clue, couple, detective, escape, false-accusation, friendship, investigation, investigator, justice, killing, murder, name-clearing, pageant, prison, seaside