7 August 2011 | csteidler
Fast-talking newspaperman as amateur detective
Ralph Forbes is gossip columnist Tommy Tilton, who excels in slinging nonsense about who is being seen where—and, it turns out, is not a timid bluffer when it comes to coaxing out a murderer.
Yes, an entertainer is murdered in her dressing room. Tommy Tilton's friend looks pretty guilty, but there's a raft of suspects who also had crossed and been crossed by this particular singer. Tilton's game: He uses his society column to draw out the guilty person with taunts and hints, eventually claiming that he will name the murderer in his next column. Whether his boast is backed up is, of course, in great doubt
Forbes is smooth as the fast-talking and fast-thinking newsman. The other characters, alas, are not particularly unique, although James Guilfoyle is appropriately smarmy as "real" private detective Lou Baron, who attempts his own bluff—at actual competency, among other things—and doesn't fare nearly as well as Tilton. Marion Shilling is cute as "Smitty," Tommy's photographer colleague (and girlfriend?), but she just isn't given enough to do in this picture.
Quick and fun. Plus there's dancing!