If, like me, you managed to miss Murder in the Fleet, 1935, on November 27, it will be available on TCM Movies In Demand through December 4.
Robert Taylor after a few loan outs and small parts got his career launched in this entertaining film about some murders done on a naval vessel. Someone will stop at nothing to see that the Navy does not carry out some tests of a new naval gun.
Frank W. Wead who was the subject of John Ford’s Wings of Eagles wrote this story and while there’s no threat to Agatha Christie posed by Wead, still it is a most entertaining story.
There are enough red herrings in this story to be a catch for a whole fishing trip. One of the better suspects was Mischa Auer, made up as an Oriental, to play the part of a visiting Asian dignitary. No names mentioned, but he looks very suspiciously like one of the Japanese diplomats photographed at places like the London Naval Disarmament Conference. I think Spig Wead was trying to tell us something there.
We’ve also got a reporter who can’t file his story, an industrialist trying to bribe Taylor, his girlfriend who wants Taylor to leave the Navy, and a few more. When you reach the end it won’t be who you might have thought.
Murder in the Fleet was a B picture, running only 70 minutes. Very soon Taylor would be an A list star. With those looks, how could he miss? Review by bkoganbing for the IMDb.