Murder in the Blue Room (1944)

Article 1899 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 5-27-2006
Posting Date: 10-24-2006
Directed by Leslie Goodwins
Featuring Anne Gwynne, Donald Cook, John Litel

A man decides to spend the night in the Blue Room in a supposedly haunted mansion. When the room is found empty the next day and locked from the inside, police are called in to investigate.

If you’ve ever watched THE SECRET OF THE BLUE ROOM or THE MISSING GUEST and said, “Hey, I’d really like to see a version of this movie starring a novelty song-and-dance act consisting of three wise-cracking women”, then you’re in paradise here. If not, well, here it is anyway. The fantastic elements are more prominent here; they throw in a ghost in a white derby to enhance the comedy relief, and since no explanation is tendered for the ghost, I’m assuming he’s a real supernatural manifestation. The musical group is called the Three Jazzybelles, and I think they were put together for this movie; the music is peppy and amusing, the dancing athletic, and the jokes are obvious and lame. Still, they come off better than the Ritz Brothers (who were originally intended to appear in this) in THE GORILLA . As for the mystery, it’s a throwaway, especially if you’ve seen SECRET OF THE BLUE ROOM or THE MISSING GUEST. Still, this one is pretty watchable.

Oh, and that creepy chauffeur? Though he isn’t credited, he’s played by none other than perennial undertaker Milton Parsons.

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