I am very happy that: FOTV on Roku has begun consistently providing schedules for the majority of their movie channels. It had been somewhat drudgery to find what was being shown because to click on any of their channels meant waiting through a commercial before the program began. This was understandable for one channel but it became tiresome to wait through the same commercial six times because you are checking six channels for a suitable program.
It was because of their new schedule that I learned of: Strange Case of Hennessy (1933). I have acknowledged weakness for comedy mysteries and so it was natural that a musical comedy mystery would attract me.
This is a delightful little movie! It is a parody of: Philo Vance detective movies. This is the first time that I have seen: Cliff Edwards and so can not speak as to his usual style but he is perfect in this role as: Silo Dance. I feel that if he had been even the least little bit more flamboyant then it would have been a disaster but he walked that fine line between outrageously silly and outrageously bad and kept it good. He played the character precisely as storyline and dialogue envisioned.
I liked the movie so very much that I investigated a little and found that: Margie Hines who appears as a newlywed had a career which received little fanfare. IMDB.com lists fifty-eight movie roles for her and all were in short movies but for: Mr. Bug Goes to Town (1941). She is listed as: "voice, uncredited" in all but three of her roles. By the Sea (1931) and Piano Tooners (1932) were her only roles in which she appears to have been included in the movies' credits. Strange Case of Hennessy (1933) appears to be her only on-screen acting role and it is an "uncredited" role. I learned also that she was the original voice of: Betty Boop and occasionally the voice of: Olive Oyl.
I recommend this movie very highly to any person who wishes a charming little diversion. It is available on: FOTV On Demand on Roku. I am sorry to say that I do not know of its availability elsewhere.