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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
Mrs. Sam Taylor
Thomas E. Jackson ...
Police Lieutenant Strom (as Thomas Jackson)
Chauncey Courtland (as Gordon Elliott)
Sam Taylor
Kay Renshaw
Joe Downing ...
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Inspector Layman
Brian Burke ...
Donald Kerr ...
Don Brodie ...
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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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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 »


Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Steve Martin/Kinky Friedman (1976) See more »

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Third Crime Club from Universal
12 December 2013 | by (Youngstown,Ohio) – See all my reviews

1938's "The Lady in the Morgue" was the third Crime Club from Universal, and the second to feature Preston Foster as Detective Bill Crane, with Frank Jenks as his sidekick Doc Williams. An attractive blonde suicide disappears from the morgue, with Crane, on assignment to identify the missing corpse, under suspicion for the murder of the morgue attendant; meanwhile, Chauncey Courtland ('Wild Bill' Elliott) is searching for his missing sister, and two different gangsters are putting the squeeze on Crane, each one hoping his girl isn't the missing blonde. Considering all the subplots going on, things wrap up nicely, moving at a fast clip, with witty wisecracks galore, particularly when Crane is told to go down to the morgue: "think they'll take me?" Guaranteed to keep one guessing, and easily the best of the 3 Crane titles (preceded by "The Westland Case," followed by "The Last Warning"). The next Crime Club would be "Danger on the Air."

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