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Dressed to Kill (1941)

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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 overview, first billed only:
Joanne La Marr
Sheila Ryan ...
Connie Earle
Inspector Pierson
Ben Carter ...
Virginia Brissac ...
Lynne Evans, alias Emily the Maid
Erwin Kalser ...
Carlo Ralph, alias Otto Kuhn
Julian Davis
Dick Rich ...
Al -Police Detective
Milton Parsons ...
Max Allaron
Charles Arnt ...
Hal Brennon
Charles Trowbridge ...
David Earle
Hamilton MacFadden ...
May Beatty ...
Phyllis Lathrop
Charles C. Wilson ...
Editor (as Charles Wilson)


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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Release Date:

8 August 1941 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Dead Take No Bows  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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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 »


[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 »


Followed by The Man Who Wouldn't Die (1942) See more »


I've Got You All to Myself
Written by Ralph Rainger and Leo Robin
Sung by Sheila Ryan
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An excellent leading man (Nolan) and good production values make for a fun detective comedy.
25 August 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Dressed to Kill (1941)

There are several movies by this name, and this is one of the lesser of them, a comic detective yarn with an improbable murder and some fun settings. Key to its success--because it isn't half bad--is the leading man, Lloyd Nolan, who has an ease and likability that makes his scenes fun to watch. And he's in every minute of the movie.

This is one of a series of Michael Shayne movies (that's the detective's name), and the first seven of the thirteen movie versions star Nolan. It says something that I'd be willing to see another, for sure. But I think this is a television level drama (before t.v., but that kind of budget and level of intensity). These aren't like the great detective movies of the 30s and 40s, and not a bit like the noirs of the 40s and 50s, just to be clear.

One of the surprising high points is the script--very witty, and unrelentingly clever. Nice

Expect very good production values, a decent supporting cast, and a kind of over-convoluted Agatha Christie kind of plot with lots of characters that are really hard to get to know in just over an hour. In the big picture these are a little like the Sherlock Holmes or the Mr. Wong movies with Boris Karloff. Fun, but no great shakes.

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