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Dressed to Kill (1941)

Approved | | Crime, Film-Noir, Mystery | 8 August 1941 (USA)
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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Joanne La Marr
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Connie Earle
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Inspector Pierson
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Sam
Virginia Brissac ...
Lynne Evans, alias Emily the Maid
Erwin Kalser ...
Carlo Ralph, alias Otto Kuhn
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Julian Davis (as Henry Daniel)
Dick Rich ...
Al -Police Detective
Milton Parsons ...
Max Allaron
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Hal Brennon
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David Earle
Hamilton MacFadden ...
Reporter
May Beatty ...
Phyllis Lathrop
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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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This movie was released almost four months to the day before Pearl Harbor was bombed. See more »

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

Inspector Pierson: [Picks up dog's head mask] What's this?
Michael Shayne: Oh, I found that on Lathrop's head. The murderer must have put it there after he shot him.
Inspector Pierson: What did he do that for?
Michael Shayne: Oh, maybe he liked Airedales, I don't know.
Al -Police Detective: I had a dog like that once, it'd eat anything, it was very fond of children.
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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. M.B. Hughes plays a character called JoAnne, but Michael keeps calling her "Joan" and "Joanie". See more »

Connections

Followed by Three on a Ticket (1947) See more »

Soundtracks

I've Got You All to Myself
Written by Ralph Rainger and Leo Robin
Sung by Sheila Ryan
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The stork that brought you should have been arrested for dope peddling!
13 October 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Economical B movie that has a snappy pace and some terrific lines. Among the best "The stork that brought you should have been arrested for dope peddling!" Lloyd Nolan is perfect in the lead, attractive but believably an everyday guy that you'd run into as a private detective. Always a reliable supporting player whether cast as a heavy or a hero he gets a chance to hold down the star spot in this. One of the great things about the old lower budget films was the opportunities it presented for the quality secondary actors in A level productions to play parts with a bit more variety. William Demarest and Henry Daniell play their stock characters but as always extremely well and add zing to the picture. Something that probably came and went without much fanfare at its release this is a snappy little pic that will please most viewers.


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