|ADVENTURES OF KITTY O'DAY (KITTY O'DAY COMES THROUGH) (director: William Beaudine; screenwriter: story by Victor Hammond/Victor Hammond/George Callahan/Tim Ryan; cinematographer: Mack Stengler; editor: Richard Pike; music: Edward J. Kay; cast: Jean Parker (Kitty O'Day), Peter Cookson (Johnny Jones), Tim Ryan (Inspector Clancy), Ralph Sanford (Mac), Jan Wiley (Carla Brant), Hugh Prosser (Nick Joel), Byron Foulger (Roberts), Lorna Gray (Gloria Williams), William Forrest (Sauter), (Michael Tracy/Walter Harris), Shelton Brooks (Jeff), Dick Elliott (Bascom); Runtime: 63; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Lindsley Parsons; Monogram; 1945)|
formulaic B-film crime drama that shoots for
slapstick comedy, but that only modestly
by Dennis Schwartz
formulaic B-film crime drama that shoots for slapstick
comedy, but that only modestly materializes. Hampered
by an annoying overbearing performance by star Jean
Parker and a bland one by co-star Peter
Cookson. All the uninspired director William
Beaudine ("The Old-Fashioned Way"/"Boys Will
Be Nosy"/"Voodoo Man") does is point the camera and
shoots. It's based on a story by Victor
Hammond, who pens the inane script with co-star Tim
Ryan and George Callahan.
switchboard operator Kitty O'Day (Jean Parker), at the ritzy Townley Hotel,
an amateur detective and regular reader of Detective
Magazine, hears two gunshots when receiving an in-house call from Mr.
Williams, the hotel's owner, and when hearing no
response orders her work colleague boyfriend, a clerk
at the travel desk, Johnny Jones (Peter Cookson), to
go up to the room to investigate and he finds that
Williams has been slain. Investigating police
detectives, Inspector Clancy (Tim
Ryan) and his moronic sergeant sidekick Mac (Ralph
Sanford), arrive at the crime scene to find the
The dim-witted hotel couple work on the case even though the real detectives find them more of a nuisance than a help and want them to stop interfering. Soon two more murders unfold and the meddling couple are temporarily jailed as suspects, until their alibis check-out. Later it's uncovered that the murders are linked to another hotel employee involved in a hotel jewelry heist scheme with the deceased hotel owner. We learn the murder of the hotel employee who discovered the scheme was because he was blackmailing the thieves.
REVIEWED ON 9/8/2013 GRADE: C+
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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