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Dressed to Kill (1941)

 -  Crime | Mystery  -  8 August 1941 (USA)
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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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Mary Beth Hughes ...
Joanne La Marr
Sheila Ryan ...
Connie Earle
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Inspector Pierson
Ben Carter ...
Sam
Virginia Brissac ...
Lynne Evans, alias Emily the Maid
Erwin Kalser ...
Carlo Ralph, alias Otto Kuhn
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Julian Davis
Dick Rich ...
Al, a detective
Milton Parsons ...
Max Allaron
Charles Arnt ...
Hal Brennon
Charles Trowbridge ...
David Earle
Hamilton MacFadden ...
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May Beatty ...
Phyllis Lathrop
Charles C. 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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8 August 1941 (USA)  »

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The Dead Take No Bows  »

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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 »

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Michael Shayne: The stork that delivered you should be arrested for peddling dope.
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Mantan Moreland plays Rusty but is credited as playing Sam. Ben Carter plays Sam but is credited with playing Rusty. See more »

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Followed by Just Off Broadway (1942) See more »

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Average Whodunit
21 December 2011 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

Despite some notable features, this programmer fails to rise above standard detective shows of the time. Nonetheless, the opening scene is a hoot, as a double-breasted Shayne (Nolan) gets harassed by an aggressive clothing salesman. In fact, Nolan's the best thing about the film. His fast-talking brash personality holds a center of attention. I'm just sorry we don't see more of Mary Beth Hughes whose brassy personality is a perfect foil for her meandering fiancée, Shayne. Then there're two exotics from the period—creepy Milton Parsons (Max) in a beard no less, plus snooty Henry Daniell (Julian) getting sympathetic treatment for a change.

That initial murder scene remains a grabber. The dog's head plopped onto one of the corpses is like nothing I've seen and shows real imagination. The trouble, for me at least, is that the whodunit part never really gels, despite clever touches with the murder weapon. At the same time, the pacing is uneven, better suited at times to character study than to plot. There's also the standard dumb cop humor, plus Mantan Moreland doing his familiar bug-eyed comedic bit.

All in all, it's an unexceptional entry, mainly for fans of Nolan, myself included.


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