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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 ...
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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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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1.37 : 1
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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 »

Connections

Follows Michael Shayne: Private Detective (1940) See more »

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One of the best B-movies ever!
20 August 2009 | by (Brownsville, Texas) – See all my reviews

Watching this and other Mike Shane entries in this series is truly a treat. They simply don't make them like this any more! Lloyd Nolan is a glib, fast-talking, somewhat arrogant Mike Shane but these traits only add to the character. This one was filmed on a set--unlike some of the others--and the viewer doesn't get a time-travel perspective of the way things looked in 1941. Even so, this little film is well worth watching and owning. Black cast members are given roles of ghost-fearing janitors and one--Mantan Moreland--has his name misspelled in the credits. Oh, if you like double-breasted suits, this film is for you. Shane and other male members of the cast wear them in every scene.


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