The Crimson Canary (1945)

Genres - Mystery, Thriller  |   Sub-Genres - Detective Film  |   Run Time - 64 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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An offbeat Universal murder mystery, Crimson Canary is set in the very special world of jazz musicians. A duplicitous songstress is murdered, and the prime suspects are members of a nightclub jazz combo. John Litel, the detective assigned to the case, is himself a jazz fan and thus takes proprietary interest in the band. As suspicion shifts from one musician to another, those involved with the case (notably Lois Collier, the girlfriend of one of the musicians) dig deeper into the clues, discovering at last that the culprit is someone with no music in his soul at all. Though the plot is nothing special, the wall-to-wall music and "hip" ambience of Crimson Canary result in a better than average Universal "B".

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accusation, band [music group], blackout [power loss], clue, detective, girlfriend, investigation, jazz, killing, love, motive, murder, music, nightclub, private-detective, songwriter, success, suspect, suspicion, town