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Murder at the Vanities (1934)

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A homicide detective with an eye for the ladies investigating a murder in Earl Carroll's Vanities allows the music review to continue during the investigation.

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Eric Lander
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Bill Murdock
Jack Oakie ...
Jack Ellery
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Ann Ware
Dorothy Stickney ...
Norma Watson
Gertrude Michael ...
Rita Ross
Jessie Ralph ...
Mrs. Helene Smith
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Homer Boothby (as Charles B. Middleton)
Gail Patrick ...
Sadie Evans
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Dr. Saunders
Toby Wing ...
Nancy
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Himself (as Duke Ellington's Orchestra)
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Storyline

Shortly before the curtain goes up the first time at the latest performance of Earl Carroll's Vanities, someone is attempting to injure the leading lady Ann Ware, who wants to marry leading man Eric Lander. Stage manager in charge Jack Ellery calls in his friend, policeman Bill Murdock, to help him investigate. Bill thinks Jack if offering to let him see the show from an unusual view point, after he forgot to get him tickets for the performance, but then they find the corpse of a murdered women. Bill suspects Eric of the crime, especially, after the second female lead Rita Ross told him she saw the women leaving from Eric's room. Then Rita is shot onstage with Eric's gun. Jack and Bill decide not to stop the show, but Bill preparing to arrest Eric. Is he on the right track ? Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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Trivia

One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. See more »

Goofs

When the body of the woman on the catwalk is turned on her back, you can see the actress' chest rise and fall as she takes a breath. See more »

Quotes

Rita Ross: [Exit line to Mrs. Smith] Ta, Ta! I'll see you in the chair.
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Connections

Featured in Hollywood on Parade No. B-10 (1934) See more »

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Where Do They Come From (and Where Do They Go)?
by Arthur Johnston and Sam Coslow
Sung by Kitty Carlisle
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Wonderful little pre-code musical
19 December 2000 | by (Huntington, NY) – See all my reviews

Detective Victor McLaglen has to investigate a backstage murder and not mess up the debut of pal Jack Oakie's musical revue. You won't care about the rather hum-drum murder, the musical numbers will floor you. During a performance of "Sweet Marijuana", (this virtual lullaby to reefer has topless back-up dancers!) blood from the murder victim in the rafters drips down on the dancing girls! Toby Wing is fun and cute as the flirty chorus girl with a crush on Oakie. Loads fun here!


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