Lying Lips (1939)

 |  Drama  |  May 1939 (USA)
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A nightclub singer refuses to "date" customers, so she's framed for the murder of her aunt, convicted of the killing and sent to prison. However, her friend, who is a police detective, ... See full summary »



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Cast overview:
Edna Mae Harris ...
Carman Newsome ...
Benjamin Hadnot
Robert Earl Jones ...
Detective Wenzer
Frances E. Williams ...
Elizabeth Green (as Frances Williams)
Cherokee Thornton ...
John Landry
Slim Thompson ...
Clyde Landry
Gladys Williams ...
Aunt Josephine
Juano Hernandez ...
Rev. Bryson (as Jauno Hernandez)
Henry 'Gang' Gines ...
Ned Green
Don De Leo ...
Farina, a club owner
Charles La Torre ...
Garotti, a club owner (as Charles Lattorre)
Robert Paquin ...
District Attorney Eckert
George Reynolds ...
Lt. of Police (Donovan)
Amanda Randolph ...
Teddy Hall ...
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A nightclub singer refuses to "date" customers, so she's framed for the murder of her aunt, convicted of the killing and sent to prison. However, her friend, who is a police detective, doesn't believe she did it and sets out to prove her innocence. Written by

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When Elsie goes to her aunt's room to wake her up, the lamp on the bedside table in on, illuminating the room. Yet, every time Elsie is seen entering the room from the hallway, all the lights in the room are off, and it is noticeably much darker. See more »


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Music by Jean Schwartz
Lyrics by William Jerome
Performed by a dancer at the Poodle Dog Club
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26 October 2005 | by (Vancouver) – See all my reviews

One of the best funny/bad movies I have seen in a long time, 'Lying Lips' is a simple yarn (with a pretty stupid ending that takes 5 minutes to explain) about a woman who is framed with her Aunt's murder. Lying Lips also presents us with the attempted acting skills of one Edna Mae Harris. Her singing is not bad, but when she's forced to act, her line delivery is so hilariously bad I was falling off the floor laughing. Even worse is the dialogue. For some odd reason, the director made the cops as stupid as possible. Check the interrogation scene. EVERYTHING is repeated twice, and sometimes three times! "I answered the phone" "You answered the phone?" "I Answered The Phone" "I went back to the phone!" "So you went back to the phone?" "I went back to the phone!" Also the police are very smart: Witness: "She was my cousin!" Police Chief: "Oh she was your cousin! So you were related!" Also, people have made comments about Earl Jones' performance. I thought he was so stilted, just barking out his lines to the point of hilarity! Much much more to be found in this film: Edna Mae taking a bath apparently with her heels on, her poor attempts at screaming and fainting, her reaction when someone answers the phone, (see the title of my review for an explanation of this), her schizophrenic bath habits, the laughable continuity, the laughable editing, clubs that have wooden doors and no signage, and a white police chief who say he's glad a black policeman is helping to solve who killed a black woman because "being a colored man, he might find things our other officers could not!" A Hoot!

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