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Dressed to Kill (1941)

Approved | | Crime, Film-Noir, Mystery | 8 August 1941 (USA)
Detective Michael Shayne and his girlfriend Joanne are on their way to be married when a scream from a nearby hotel room draws his attention to a pair of theatrical murders.

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Joanne La Marr
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Connie Earle
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Inspector Pierson
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Sam
Virginia Brissac ...
Lynne Evans, alias Emily the Maid
Erwin Kalser ...
Carlo Ralph, alias Otto Kuhn
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Julian Davis (as Henry Daniel)
Dick Rich ...
Al -Police Detective
Milton Parsons ...
Max Allaron
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Hal Brennon
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David Earle
Hamilton MacFadden ...
Reporter
May Beatty ...
Phyllis Lathrop
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Editor (as Charles Wilson)
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Detective Michael Shayne and his girlfriend Joanne are on their way to be married when a scream from a nearby hotel room draws his attention to a pair of theatrical murders.

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This movie was released almost four months to the day before Pearl Harbor was bombed. See more »

Goofs

Mike talks to Otto by telephone without difficulty, though it is shown both before and later that Otto is nearly deaf and relies on lip-reading. See more »

Quotes

Michael Shayne: The stork that delivered you should be arrested for peddling dope.
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Crazy Credits

Mantan Moreland plays Rusty but is credited as playing Sam. Ben Carter plays Sam but is credited with playing Rusty. M.B. Hughes plays a character called JoAnne, but Michael keeps calling her "Joan" and "Joanie". See more »

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Follows Sleepers West (1941) See more »

Soundtracks

I've Got You All to Myself
Written by Ralph Rainger and Leo Robin
Sung by Sheila Ryan
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'B' Picture With An 'A' Story
30 November 2011 | by (Ramsey, NJ) – See all my reviews

"Dressed To Kill" was an excellent murder mystery and the third entry in the Michael Shayne detective series of the 40's. It is the first one I've seen and I enjoyed the way Lloyd Nolan fit the title character like an old shoe. It had a great supporting cast and a story to match, unlike many B murder mysteries of this era which are often formulaic and predictable.

This one took considerable thought, and both the denouement and deus ex machina are pretty clever. Shane/Nolan has to solve a double murder in which the victims are killed at a dinner table with two different guns, and along the way we get to meet some very interesting characters, played by some very interesting character actors. We also find out that he knows nearly everybody within shouting distance, which is a formidable number of people as this is New York City. It creates a cheerfully amiable atmosphere, despite the grumpy Chief Inspector, played by William Demarest in his customary bombastic style. Also on hand is Henry Daniell as a theatrical snob, and Mary Beth Hughes, maybe the prettiest B picture girl who never made the jump to more important pictures.

I thoroughly enjoyed it and I think I will buy the Shayne collection selling on Amazon. Always appreciate good, solid movie-making and "Dressed To Kill" is a sterling example. It played on FMC the other morning.


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