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Washington Melodrama (1941)

Passed | | Drama | 18 April 1941 (USA)
Calvin Claymore is a wealthy businessman trying to get a bill passed to help the starving children of Europe at the outbreak of World War 2. He meets a dancer at a night club, escorts her ... See full summary »


S. Sylvan Simon


Marion Parsonnet (screenplay), Roy Chanslor (screenplay) | 1 more credit »


Cast overview, first billed only:
Frank Morgan ... Calvin Claymore
Ann Rutherford ... Laurie Claymore
Kent Taylor ... Hal Thorne
Dan Dailey ... Whitney King (as Dan Dailey Jr.)
Lee Bowman ... Ronnie Colton
Fay Holden ... Mrs. Claymore
Virginia Grey ... Teddy Carlyle
Anne Gwynne ... Mary Morgan
Sara Haden ... Mrs. Harrington
Olaf Hytten Olaf Hytten ... Parry
Douglass Dumbrille ... Donnelly
Cliff Clark Cliff Clark ... Simpson
Hal K. Dawson Hal K. Dawson ... Logan
Thurston Hall ... Senator Morton
Joseph Crehan ... Phil Sampson
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Calvin Claymore is a wealthy businessman trying to get a bill passed to help the starving children of Europe at the outbreak of World War 2. He meets a dancer at a night club, escorts her home, but later the girl is found murdered, and Claymore, who was seen leaving her apartment, is accused of her death. After a man's glove is found at the dead girl's apartment, the police start a frantic search for the other glove, and finally the real murderer is unmasked. Written by mikewilson61720@yahoo.com

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The case that was ordered "Hushed UP"...in official Washington, "hottest" city in the world! See more »




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Frank Morgan and Sara Haden also worked together in The Shop Around the Corner. See more »


(1929) (uncredited)
Written by Ernesto Lecuona
Played by the band at the nightclub and danced by Virginia Grey and chorus
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An enjoyable murder mystery.
27 May 2017 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

During the era in which "Washington Melodrama" was made, there must have been a bazillion murder mystery B-movies. However, this film uses the familiar formula and brightens it up with an A-movie treatment. This means that instead of a 60 minute (give or take) running time like a B would have and mostly unknown actors, this one has a few bigger name actors, a running time of 80 minutes and a nice polished MGM look.

When the film begins, Calvin Claymore (Frank Morgan) is in DC pushing for a war relief bill. His family, on the other hand, are traveling about and he's left alone...alone and lonely. So a Senator decides to take him for a night on the town...at one of the strangest nightclubs in film history!* Morgan meets a nice young lady and soon they begins spending time together...platonic time...nothing sexual. However, after breaking off their friendship before it goes further, her vicious boss arrives at her apartment and he murders her. There doesn't appear to be any evidence the boss was there...but there is about Calvin and soon he'll be the #1 suspect. To help save his butt, his daughter (Ann Rutherford) comes to the rescue.

The acting and plot are quite nice and the film enjoyable. Overall, a very good film with a few noir qualities--such as the incredibly brutal murder--one of the nastiest and most vivid of the era!

*The nightclub features a water show...which makes little sense because it would be difficult for the audience to really see the ladies doing their synchronized swimming. In fact, the only way to really see them well is from above...and filmmakers of the era employed this odd technique quite a few times. Odder yet was when audience members were given fishing rods and were told to try to catch the girls!! Weird.

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Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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