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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

When Mike enters the dining room to look for clues, the dead woman blinks. Her eye can just be seen through the candle holder when she blinks. 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 Three on a Ticket (1947) See more »

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entertaining crime/comedy
13 December 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Lloyd Nolan brightens up the screen as investigator Michael Shayne in "Dressed to Kill" from 1941. While picking up his fiancé (Mary Beth Hughes) from her residential hotel so that they can finally get married, Shayne hears a scream from upstairs. Racing up there, he finds two people sitting at a dining table in costume and quite dead.

Eventually Shayne is led to a play done years earlier by the victims and begins looking at the other performers. Meanwhile, he's constantly tripping over both his angry fiancé and Police Inspector Pierson (William Demarest).

There's lots of comedy in this B movie, mostly provided by Demarest, who is one-upped every time by Shayne. The acting is terrific, with some really neat character actors: Virginia Brissac, Erwin Kaiser, Henry Daniel, and Mantan Moreland. Though in a stereotyped role, Moreland shows his talent as he does in the Charlie Chan films, this time even going into a dance.

Recommended.


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