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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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PROBING FOR MURDER SECRETS!...Detective Bill Crane...the Kidding Sleuth again...busting another mystery wide open! See more »


Action | Crime | Mystery


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22 April 1938 (USA)  »

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Aventura Cavalheiresca  »

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1.37 : 1
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In 1937, Universal entered into a deal with Crime Club, a publisher of popular pulp mysteries, allowing it to select up to four of its books annually for production as B-pictures. The Crime Club series was produced by Irving Starr. This was the third of eleven novels produced under the deal. See more »


Followed by The Last Warning (1938) See more »

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Mach 1 Mystery
26 February 2013 | by (Ramsey, NJ) – See all my reviews

That's how fast the movie unfolds. I think I followed the plot well enough to understand what happened, but I'm not sure. As near as I can tell, there was one unresolved murder, but it didn't affect the story one way or the other. It was also never explained how Preston Foster could be a suspect in one of the murders - he was a detective trying to solve it, after all. I guess it was to inject some humor and make the Police Dept. look comical. Never understood why 30's movie audiences bought the premise of mixing comedy into murder mysteries. To me they're like oil and water.

There are lots of unexplained bits of trivia, coincidences and non-sequiturs, too many to mention here, but that kind of thing devalues the storyline and serves only to break the viewers concentration - and with this picture one needs all of one's concentration. The cast was serviceable, especially Preston Foster as the hero, and it was fun to see Bill Elliott before he became a cowboy star. But the break-neck pace makes me think I should see it again, to catch what I missed the first time - so my rating is a holding grade. I'll get back to you.

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