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Strange Affair

Post by Bruce R on Thu Jun 16, 2016 11:57 am

Enjoyed the 1944 comedy/mystery STRANGE AFFAIR mentioned recently by Gary. Has an impressive cast of familiar names including Allyn Joslyn, Evelyn Keyes, Marguerite Chapman, Edgar Buchanan, Nina Foch, Hugo Haas, Shemp Howard, Frank Jenks, James Flavin and Robert Emmett Keane.

I'm not a big fan of "madcap comedies" and this one has a bit of that but it's done well enough and not over the top. And I always enjoy seeing so many of my favorite actors in one film.

Here's a synopsis:

"Another in a line of successful comedy/mysteries for Columbia's B-film assembly, starring EVELYN KEYES and ALLYN JOSLYN who get into all kinds of silly business while trying to solve a doctor's murder.

All of it is played for humorous effects and some of it actually works pretty well. Keyes is pert and vivacious as a frisky blonde who is always trailing behind hubby Joslyn (lucky for him).

MARGUERITE CHAPMAN does nicely as a sophisticated femme fatale and SHEMP HOWARD has a brief comic routine as a laundry truck driver. HUGO HAAS has a pivotal role as a doorman friend of Joslyn.

It passes the time, a programmer that played the lower half of double bills in the '40s. Keyes almost overdoes the many farcical turns of her role but manages to be charming nevertheless, giving her role the light touch it needs and Joslyn is in fine style as her long-suffering husband."

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