Super-Sleuth (1937)

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An actor who plays a detective in films soon finds himself out of his depth when he tries to investigate a real crime.


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14 April 2018 | cherold
| Oakie is good, but it's not much of a movie
Super-Sleuth stars Jack Oakie as a detective-playing actor who taunts the police for failing to catch a criminal that then targets him. This isn't a mystery - we know who the killer is early on. The only real mystery of the movie is the killer's motive, but don't expect an answer to that.

Oakie is an amusing guy who plays his idiocy well, breezing down the street with - to quote a t-shirt - all the confidence of a mediocre white man.

Edgar Kennedy does his usual schtick well, and Ann Sothern is likable even though she and Oakie have absolutely no degree of chemistry.

The worst thing in the movie is a black servant who is a particularly egregious example of the way Hollywood turned African Americans into idiot children. It is painful to watch.

I wouldn't go so far as to recommend this film, but Oakie does make it watchable.

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