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Danger on the Air

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Danger on the Air
Directed byOtis Garrett
Screenplay by
Based onDeath Catches Up with Mr. Kluck
by Xantippe
Produced byIrving Starr
CinematographyStanley Cortez[1]
Edited byMaurice Wright[1]
Crime Club Productions, Inc.[1]
Distributed byUniversal Pictures Co.
Release date
  • July 1, 1938 (1938-07-01)
CountryUnited States[1]

Danger on the Air is a 1938 American mystery film directed by Otis Garrett. The film was based on the novel Death Catches Up with Mr. Kluck by author Xanthippe.

Plot summary

Nan Grey, as Christina "Steenie" MacCorkle, a radio advertising executive, is suspected of murdering her client as Caesar Kluck, a soda magnate.

Loathed by all who met him, or forced to work, with his underhanded business machinations, the victims, and suspects, start piling up. Including thug, Joe Downing, as Gangster Joe Carney; Lee J. Cobb as Tony Lisotti, trying to protect his daughter, Louise Stanley, as Maria Lisotti, from being another notch on Kluck's belt; and, Peter Lind Hayes, as Harry Lake, who is desperate to get on the air, seemingly at any cost.



Danger on the Air was based on The Crime Club novel Death Catches Up with Mr. Kluck by Xantippe.[2] Production on the film began in mid May 1938.[1]


Danger on the Air was released on July 1, 1938 by Universal Studios.[1][2]


From retrospective reviews, the authors of Universal Horrors declared the film to be "One of the better Crime Club entries" noting that "Nan Grey contributes a particularly ingratiating performance."[2]



  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Danger on the Air". American Film Institute. Retrieved May 15, 2020.
  2. ^ a b c Weaver, Brunas & Brunas 2007, p. 567.


  • Weaver, Tom; Brunas, Michael; Brunas, John (2007) [1990]. Universal Horrors (2 ed.). McFarland & Company. ISBN 978-0-7864-2974-5.
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