Murder becomes a laughing matter in three screwball mysteries based on the comic misadventures of attorney John J. Malone, one of the most popular fictional sleuths of the '40s and '50s. The creation of famed mystery writer Craig Rice, Malone played detective in 11 novels and 39 short stories as well as on radio, TV and film, and this madcap big-screen collection spotlights two of his best.

In Having Wonderful Crime (1945), Malone (Pat O'Brien) helps two zany friends (George Murphy and Carole Landis) solve the disappearance of a stage magician who vanished during his act.

In The Lucky Stiff (1949) Semi-successful lawyer John Malone is intrigued by local night club singer Anna Marie St. Clair. After meeting her at the club, he is present when her boss (and more?) is killed, and she is arrested for the crime. Sentenced to death, Malone and his faithful secretary set out to find the real murderer, who is probably also responsible for a protection racket Malone is investigating.

In Mrs. O'Malley and Mr Malone (1950), a wisecracking widow (Marjorie Main) teams up with Malone (James Whitmore) when they're framed for his client's murder.

John J. Malone Mystery Series
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