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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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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 ...
Reporter
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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Crime | Mystery

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8 August 1941 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Dead Take No Bows  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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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

[Mike is a customer at a men's clothing store]
Smiley Joe Bishop: It fits you like a glove!
Michael Shayne: It should fit me like a suit.
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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. See more »

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Followed by Michael Shayne (1960) See more »

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Fun and funny
28 December 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Lloyd Nolan's Michael Shayne is a refreshingly human private detective, jumping to wrong conclusions and once not even being able to say his own name correctly (you'll see why). The two policemen assigned to the case are delightfully dense.

Shayne is within hours of being married when he and his bride-to-be hear a scream that he investigates. He has to spend the rest of the movie not only attempting to solve the crime but placating and putting off his impatient fiancée. Secret passageways and trapdoors, people who have changed their identities, magicians' sleight of hand, and a hilarious singing-telegram scene add to the tasty mix.

I really enjoyed this and found the humor a welcome addition to the murder investigation.


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