The Brass Monkey

The Brass Monkey

Thornton Freeland (1948)

81min
A Certificate
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Review

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In cold weather, this film is better known by its alternative title, The Lucky Mascot. It's a bizarre combination of Saki-esque parable and a vehicle for radio talent scout Carroll Levis, here pitted against an evil connoisseur bent on obtaining the titular Buddhist artefact. This was the penultimate film (not released until 1951) of tragic Hollywood actress Carole Landis, who killed herself after breaking up with the married Rex Harrison. For another tragic death, look further down the cast list: Carole Lester, later Lesley, groomed and dropped by fickle Associated British, and discovered by Levis. Avril Angers plays herself, and there's also a rare glimpse of legendary cabaret dreamboat Leslie "Hutch" Hutchinson.

Summary

A radio star searches for a stolen Buddhist icon - an investigation which leads to him being accused of killing a close friend. Comedy mystery, starring Carole Landis, Carroll Levis, Avril Angers, Herbert Lom and Terry-Thomas.

Cast & Crew

Kay Sheldon Carole Landis
TBC Carroll Levis
Peter Hobart Herbert Lom
TBC Avril Angers
Ryder-Harris Ernest Thesiger
Inspector Miller Henry Edwards
Max Taylor Edward Underdown
Director Thornton Freeland
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Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteTheatrical distributor: United Artists Corp. LtdAvailable on: DVD
Comedy