I LOVE TROUBLE
1948, Sony Repertory, 93 min, USA, Dir: S. Sylvan Simon

Franchot Tone is a wisecracking private eye sleuthing his way through a bevy of treacherous dames in this playful homage to Raymond Chandler, written by future TV legend Roy Huggins (creator of iconic small-screen series such as "77 Sunset Strip," "The Fugitive" and " The Rockford Files"). On-location sequences featuring midcentury Wilshire, Venice and Long Beach abound. Featuring Janet Blair, Janis Carter, Adele Jergens, Glenda Farrell, John Ireland and (of course) Raymond Burr.


MY SISTER EILEEN
1942, Sony Repertory, 96 min, USA, Dir: Alexander Hall

Remade as a musical comedy in 1955, the original screen adaptation of the Broadway hit stars Oscar nominee Rosalind Russell and Janet Blair as sisters who move to Manhattan to further their respective careers in journalism and theater. Renting a cheap Greenwich Village apartment brings the pair into contact with eccentric neighbors, helpful magazine editor Brian Aherne and, in a cameo appearance, The Three Stooges.


THE FULLER BRUSH MAN
1948, Sony Repertory, 93 min, USA, Dir: S. Sylvan Simon

In what’s often cited as his best feature, funnyman Red Skelton plays a man struggling to hold down a job until his sweetheart (Janet Blair) pulls some strings for him at the Fuller Brush Company. Red proves surprisingly effective as a door-to-door salesman - until he’s mistaken for a murderer when a customer turns up dead. The slapstick and one-liners fly fast and furious in this film, co-written by the great Frank Tashlin.


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