Fast Company

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Fast Company is a 1938 mystery film starring Melvyn Douglas and Florence Rice as married rare-book dealers who try to solve a murder case. It is based on the novel of the same name by "Marco Page" (Harry Kurnitz). It was followed by two 1939 films... read more

Fast Company is a 1938 mystery film starring Melvyn Douglas and Florence Rice as married rare-book dealers who try to solve a murder case. It is based on the novel of the same name by "Marco Page" (Harry Kurnitz). It was followed by two 1939 films featuring the fictional couple, Fast and Loose and Fast and Furious, though they were played by different actors in each. Apparently, cinema distributors were complaining about the time lag between The Thin Man movies, so MGM started this trilogy featuring married amateur sleuths. To avoid confusion with a 1953 MGM film of the same title, Fast Company was rechristened Rare Book Murder for television.

Original Release

07/05/1938

US Release

07/05/1938

Cast

Melvyn Douglas Joel Sloane
Florence Rice Garda Sloane
Claire Dodd Julia Thorne
Shepperd Strudwick Ned Morgan
Louis Calhern Elias Z. 'Eli' Bannerman
Nat Pendleton Paul Terison
Douglass Dumbrille Arnold Stamper (as Douglas Dumbrille) / Arnold Stamper
Mary Howard Leah Brockler
George Zucco Otto Brockler
Minor Watson Steve Langner
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Edward Buzzell

Writers

Harry Kurnitz, Harold Tarshis

Cast

Melvyn Douglas Joel Sloane
Florence Rice Garda Sloane
Claire Dodd Julia Thorne
Shepperd Strudwick Ned Morgan
Louis Calhern Elias Z. 'Eli' Bannerman
Nat Pendleton Paul Terison
Douglass Dumbrille Arnold Stamper (as Douglas Dumbrille) / Arnold Stamper
Mary Howard Leah Brockler
George Zucco Otto Brockler
Minor Watson Steve Langner
Dwight Frye Sidney Z. Wheeler
Thurston Hall Dist. Atty. MacMillen
Horace McMahon Danny Scolado (as Horace MacMahon) / Danny Scolado
Donald Douglas Lt. James Flanner
Barbara Bedford MacMillen's Secretary
James B. Carson Safe Expert
Jack Chefe Maitre d'
Roger Converse Assistant Dist. Atty. Byers
Jack Foss Attendant Bringing Sandwich
Natalie Garson Mildred - Girl with Sidney

Producers

Editors

Fredrick Y. Smith

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