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The Lady in the Morgue (1938)

Approved | | Action, Crime, Mystery | 22 April 1938 (USA)
A detective investigates the disappearance of a girl's body from the city morgue.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Det. Bill Crane
Patricia Ellis ...
Mrs. Sam Taylor
Frank Jenks ...
Thomas E. Jackson ...
Police Lieutenant Strom (as Thomas Jackson)
Chauncey Courtland (as Gordon Elliott)
Sam Taylor
Barbara Pepper ...
Kay Renshaw
Joe Downing ...
Steve Collins (as Joseph Downing)
Archie Robbins ...
Frankie French (as James Robbins)
Al Hill ...
Morgan Wallace ...
Inspector Layman
Brian Burke ...
Donald Kerr ...
Don Brodie ...
Taxi Driver
Rollo Lloyd ...


A detective investigates the disappearance of a girl's body from the city morgue.

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22 April 1938 (USA)  »

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Universal was in dire straits in 1937-38 as it sought to plug the cash drain created by the Laemmles, who had been ousted during the costly production of Show Boat (1936). While none of these B-pictures was especially successful, the Crime Club deal is an example of the new regime's willingness to work creative marketing tie-ins. See more »


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The Lady in the Morgue
29 October 2015 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

The Lady in the Morgue (1938)

** (out of 4)

Detective Crane (Preston Foster) goes to the morgue to see about a woman who committed suicide but as witnesses come in to ID her body it disappears. Crane and Lieutenant Storm (Thomas E. Jackson) try to find out exactly who the woman was, who murdered her and why they needed to steal the body.

This is another entry in Universal's Crime Club series, which was formed because the studio needed to make some low-budget movies that could make them a nice little profit. While this series has pretty much been forgotten today, back when it was released the films managed to catch on with the public and turned all eight into hits. Of course, their ability to make money has nothing to do with their actual quality and this entry in the series is pretty bland.

The film starts off on a good note as we learn that the woman was involved with two rival gang leaders and you'd think with the plot it would lead to a good mystery but sadly it doesn't. The film pretty much falls apart around the thirty minute mark and the rest of the movie goes by extremely slow and you just really don't care what's going on. When the mystery is finally revealed at the end it's good but by then it's just too late. Both Foster and Jackson can't do much with their roles and the supporting ones are rather bland as well.

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