Meet the Wildcat (1940)

Genres - Comedy, Crime  |   Run Time - 65 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Ralph Bellamy and Margaret Lindsay, stars of Columbia's "Ellery Queen" series, let their hair down and went "screwball" in the Universal comedy-mystery Meet the Wildcat. Bellamy plays a New York gumshoe on the trail of an art thief. His investigation is confounded by the presence of snoopy girl reporter Lindsay. The two stars spend most of the film double-crossing one another until they put their heads together and get their man. One particular mid-film highlight is Bellamy escaping jail while wearing Margaret's clothes (when he orders her to disrobe, guess what she thinks is in store for her?) Meet the Wildcat was directed with zany efficiency by future Abbott and Costello colleague Arthur Lubin.

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robbery, art-theft, detective, investigation, private-detective, wildcat [animal]