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Fast and Furious

Fast and Furious(1939)

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This film, which was director Busby Berkeley's first non-musical assignment, was the third and final installment in M-G-M's series about the comical mystery exploits of the Sloanes. According to Hollywood Reporter, Mary Beth Hughes replaced Virginia Grey, who was completing work on another film. Although Hollywood Reporter pre-release news items note that lion tamer Laura Roth was signed to appear in the cat sequence, her appearance in the released film has not been confirmed. A Hollywood Reporter pre-release news item indicates that Joe Yule, actor Mickey Rooney's father, was set for his first role, a "topline," in the film, but he did not appear in the released film. According to studio publicity material, filming of the beauty pageant scenes on location at the Rainbow Pier in Long Beach, California, was hampered by local fisherman and onlookers, who crowded the pier to get a glimpse of the actresses. In addition, police officers reportedly attempted to serve a summons to the production crew for "staging a contest or parade without suitable permit," but were dissuaded from doing so by Berkeley. More information on the Joel and Garda Sloane detective series can be found in the entry for Fast Company (see below) and the Series Index.