Charlie McCarthy, Detective
Universal Pictures

Produced and
Directed by Frank Tuttle
Written by Edward Ediscu, Harold Shumate and Richard Mack
Story by Robertson White and Darrell Ware

Released December 20, 1939

     Cute picture, good songs.  A cops-and-robbers theme which has some laughs.  Charlie's monologues with Bergen are the high spots of the picture.

     The plot is a mélange of strange and convenient happenings for the scripters.  A magazine publisher is in cahoots with a gangster who proceeds to knock off those who cross the path of the publisher.  Bergen, entertainer at a swank night club, is invited to the home of the publisher for a party, and becomes involved in the eventual murder of his host.  While a rowdy fight goes on in the basement of the home, Bergen calmly picks up clues to eventually disclose the real murderer.

     Constance Moore, as night club entertainer, sings two tunes, both passable.  Supporting cast clicks and Edgar Kennedy and Warren Hymer hit some broad comedy antics, while Anne Gwynne provides suitable eye candy.


Edgar Bergen w/
Charlie McCarthy, Mortimer Snerd

Robert Cummings

Constnace Moore

Anne Gwynne -- the Girl

Jules Sutton

Louis Calhern

Edgar Kennedy



Edward Ediscu, Harold Shumate and Richard Mack- Writers

Robertson White & Darrell Ware- Story

Frank Tuttle- Producer/Director 

George Robinson- Cinematographer

Bernard Burton- Editor

Songs by: Sam Lerner, Ben Oakland, Eddie Cherkose, and Jacques Press

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