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Saturday, April 16, 2016

Who Done It? (1942)

Starring Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Patric Knowles, William Gargan, Louise Allbritton
Directed by Erle C. Kenton
(actor & director credits courtesy

A pair of sandwich counter workers at a radio station try to solve a murder committed in the building, but end up becoming suspects themselves.

A winning outing from the Abbott & Costello comedy team in one of their earliest pictures, this film has gags and routines a plenty and not all of them work, but there's still plenty of amusing moments.  Although the mystery at the film's center is fairly basic and not particularly well structured, that's not what we're here for, and the comedic duo is in fine form against the whodunit backdrop.  There's also a fine roster of character actors peppered throughout the film, including Thomas Gomez, Ludwig Stossel, Mary Wickes, Jerome Cowan, and William Bendix.

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