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This wonderful 1934 musical-comedy-mystery B&W movie dvd release is titled... TRANSATLANTIC MERRY-GO-ROUND
aka Keep 'Em Laughing (USA reissue title)
Director: Benjamin Stoloff
Runtime: 90 minutes
Underworld king Lee Lother has been killed aboard a ocean liner, several people could have been the murderer. There is his mistress Anya Roysen, a married woman, who was jealous of his flirtations with his old moll, night club singer Sally Marsh, who had agreed for one last night with Lother, to get her younger brother Ned out of the Lother's clutches because he has faked Lother's name on a check to pay his gambling debts. Then there is Sally's new flame Jimmy Brett, a con man and gentlemen thief, who has out-tricked Lother in a fixed poker game, and is, together with shorty, after the ladies jewels. Inspector McKinney suspects Joe Saunders, a recently released convict, who was arrested due to some tips by Lother, but Ned and Sally insist that they committed the crime alone.
Gene Raymond ... Jimmy Brett
Nancy Carroll ... Sally Marsh
Jack Benny ... Chad Denby
Sydney Howard ... Dan Campbell, the Drunk
Mitzi Green ... Mitzi
Sid Silvers ... Shorty
Frank Parker ... Frank, the Tenor
Sidney Blackmer ... Lee Lother
Ralph Morgan ... Herbert Rosson
Shirley Grey ... Anya Rosson
Patsy Kelly ... Patsy Clarke
Sam Hardy ... Jack Summers
William 'Stage' Boyd... Joe Saunders (as William Boyd)
Robert Elliott ... Inspector 'Mac' McKinney
Carlyle Moore Jr.... Ned Marsh (as Carlyle Moore)
This is purportedly the first time the term "Rock 'n' Roll", the title of the song performed by the Boswell Sisters, is used in a movie.
This little gem of a movie is getting harder and harder to find. All of the stars in this film may have been well known then but they, except for Jack Benny, are almost all unknown to viewers today.
The story is centered around a well known actress and a thief that fall in love on the cruise. She has connections to a crime boss and is trying to protect her criminal brother from the same crime boss he owes money to. The thief begins by stealing on board the boat and swindles and steals from just about everybody he sees along with his partner who works on ship as a steward. A police detective on vacation begins to figure what the thief is up to and later on attempts to solve the murder of the crime boss. In the end all the loose ends are tied up and the thief and the actress resolve their differences and move forward with their relationship.
The story is good and the support case is great. Jack Benny plays a well know radio personality that is providing the ship board entertainment along with the rest of his cast and staff. He is the quick witted, street smart good guy that has everyone pegged and helps to direct the other passengers in the right direction.
This film has several good musical numbers, typical of the day, and the comedy holds up well by today's standards. This film is a real delight and you should check it out... my guess is that you will be glad that you did.
This high quality DVD is "All Region" so it will play Anywhere in the USA and the World!
The dvd comes in a standard dvd plastic snap case with the colorful artwork as shown.
This is an ENGLISH language motion picture with NO SUBTITLES.
All digital masters are actual archival 16mm or 35mm film elements.
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