Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Sunset Murder Case (1938)

An enjoyable murder mystery but most notable for it's female nudity which in 1938 was quite something. As you can imagine the film was banned left right and centre.

It starred Sally Rand as Kathy O'Connor a dancer whose policeman father is killed, with the help of reporter Lou (Dennis Moore) she hatches a plot to infiltrate the nightclub she thinks was responsible for her father's death as a stripper.

It sounds rather ridiculous and exploitative, and it definitely is the former. Luckily it largely manages to avoid the latter. However the film doesn't really make any sense at all. Why does Sally suspect the nightclub for example, and why are people being bumped off? Something to do with blackmail but it is all rather murky but the balloon dance is nice.