A high-energy, screwball whodunit with feisty Jean Parker in the title role. On board for the whacky ride are Peter Cookson, Veda Ann Borg and Tim Ryan who along with Victor Hammond co-wrote the screenplay.
Directed by William Beaudine. Released in 1944. Complete print
June 15, 2019 Subject:
You've got to like pinball comedies - those where the heroine talks faster than you can listen, and talks like that for everyone else too. The heroine also pushes everyone around - her boyfriend, the police, the possible suspects, the taxi driver, the servants - it never ends. Jean Parker is the hyperactive heroine, Kitty O'Day - shes hard to take - she's shrill, somewhat obnoxious, and always right in an annoying way. The rest of the cast that gets pushed around include Kitty's boyfriend, Peter Cookson (Johnny Jones), Inspector Clancy (Tim Ryan, who co-wrote this farce), Ed Gargan (Mike the Assistant Detective). who provides asinine further comic relief, Veda Ann Borg (Mrs. Wentworth, wife of the first murder victim), who looks great and shows off her voluptuous body to great effect in a slip and the various other actors. Not screwball, but pinball - the speech and actions bounce around frenetically. On the other hand, if you like this sort of rapid-fire comedy, watch at your own risk.
December 10, 2016 Subject:
Before there was a Lucille Ball there was Jean Parker. Really, the resemblance is uncanny. Lucy, however, was a dramatic actress in the movies.
This is a fast moving, totally comedic murder mystery. The bad guy isn’t mentioned or shown until near the end of the film. That really doesn’t matter much. I would have liked more depth in the lead characters.
I downloaded the 433MB MPEG4 file. Good print, but not sharp. Some missing frames. The audio was fine.
December 8, 2016 Subject:
Okay for what it is
Enjoyable detective comedy,but the slapstick was a little too broad for me. Movements were a bit too exaggerated and repetitious, but I don't know if this was the first and improvements developed over time. The plotline was fun and I do want to see the others mention by other reviewers.
May 9, 2014 Subject:
Another good one for a rainy afternoon,enjoy.
November 12, 2013 Subject:
Screwball Slapstick Comedy Is Right.
This was the first of probably four Kitty O'Day films from mid-1944 and mid-1945. The first two starred Jean Parker as Kitty O'Day and second two Majorie Weaver for Monogram Pictures. Lindsley Parsons a top producer at Monogram produced the first two with all the production values the "B" budget would allow. Tim Ryan had a hand in writing all four films. Tim Ryan and Edward Gargan are the top bananas/co-stars as two bumbling cops and the piece moves along at top speed with laughs, gags and punch lines flying all over the place. If it is faintly familiar it's because it is cut from the same cloth as so many other Tim Ryan written comedies such as the Bowery Boys, Maggie & Jiggs and others. Ms. Jean Parker is very good but shrill. Peter Cookson is O.K. but dull. Veda Ann Borg puts in a very early screen appearance for her doing an early version of her bitchy self which became her stock in trade and she shows off some of her great body to very good results along the way.
No mention of the raging war (WW2) going on at the time but all in all a very entertaining little farce. Great Picture and sound too. Enjoy.
October 26, 2013 Subject:
We all have those days. I hope you will find the time to review this one.
October 26, 2013 Subject: