Washington Melodrama

Washington Melodrama is a 1941 American drama film directed by S. Sylvan Simon and starring Frank Morgan, Ann Rutherford, and Kent Taylor .[1]

Washington Melodrama
Directed byS. Sylvan Simon
StarringFrank Morgan
Ann Rutherford
Kent Taylor
Anne Gwynne
Dan Dailey
Music byDavid Snell
CinematographyHarold Rosson
Edited byGene Ruggiero
Release date
  • April 18, 1941 (1941-04-18)
Running time
80 minutes
CountryUnited States


Washington, D.C. industrialist Calvin Claymore and newspaper publisher Hal Thorne are at odds over a proposed European aid bill. Calvin's young daughter Laurie is romantically involved with Hal as well.

At a nightclub owned by Whitney King, during a water ballet, Calvin meets performer Mary Morgan and, at King's suggestion, they begin to keep company. When his wife returns to town, Calvin offers his gratitude and an envelope filled with money. King turns up and demands the money, then kills Mary during a struggle over it.

As reporter Ronnie Clayton investigates the woman's death, Laurie goes undercover and becomes acquainted with King, which in turn makes his girlfriend Teddy Carlyle jealous and angry. King then shoots and wounds Teddy, who identifies him for the authorities before she dies.



  1. "Washington Melodrama". TCM. Retrieved 10 July 2014.
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