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The Lady in the Morgue (1938)

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



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Preston Foster ...
Det. Bill Crane
Patricia Ellis ...
Mrs. Sam Taylor
Frank Jenks ...
Doc Williams
Thomas E. Jackson ...
Police Lieutenant Strom (as Thomas Jackson)
Bill Elliott ...
Chauncey Courtland (as Gordon Elliott)
Roland Drew ...
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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A MYSTERY THAT ELECTRIFIED THE WORLD!..Solved by a detective with shock-absorber nerves...who crashed in where both angels and fools feared to tread! See more »


Action | Crime | Mystery


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22 April 1938 (USA)  »

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Aventura Cavalheiresca  »

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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 »


Followed by The Last Warning (1938) See more »

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fast-paced B mystery
24 January 2004 | by (Montreal) – See all my reviews

Part of the Crime Club series, and based on an original by Jonathan Latimer, this nifty little mystery is often cited as a model of 30s B-movie adeptness. It was directed by the unjustly forgotten Otis Garrett (who died young), a former editor who uses flash-pan edits and other visual tricks to maintain a breakneck pace -- so fast that it's pretty difficult to follow the complex plot. Although a bit too reliant on dialog scenes, there are enough effective wisecracks, bizarre demimonde characters (shifty undertakers, dour taxi drivers, carefree taxi dancers) and risqué asides (apparently, the production code enforcers often neglected these low budgeters) to raise the quality well above the norm. One side benefit is an appearance by a young Barbara Pepper, sassy and sardonic as ever, but surprisingly lithe and seductive. Soon-to-be-famous Stanley Cortez provided the cinematography.

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