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Director:
Writers:
Stanley Rauh (screen play) and
Manning O'Connor (screen play) ...
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Release Date:
8 August 1941 (USA) See more »
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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. | Add synopsis »
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An excellent leading man (Nolan) and good production values make for a fun detective comedy. See more (11 total) »

Cast

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Lloyd Nolan ... Michael Shayne
Mary Beth Hughes ... Joanne La Marr
Sheila Ryan ... Connie Earle

William Demarest ... Inspector Pierson
Ben Carter ... Sam
Virginia Brissac ... Lynne Evans, alias Emily the Maid
Erwin Kalser ... Carlo Ralph, alias Otto Kuhn

Henry Daniell ... 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)
Mantan Moreland ... Rusty (as Manton Moreland)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Robert Strange ... Joe's Assistant (scenes deleted)
William 'Billy' Benedict ... Telegram Boy (uncredited)
Don Brodie ... Tipster (uncredited)
John Butler ... Clerk in Clothing Store (uncredited)
Kernan Cripps ... Police Sergeant (uncredited)
John Dilson ... Coroner (uncredited)
Otto Han ... Fujimoto, the houseboy (uncredited)
Tom Monk ... Louis Lathrop's Corpse (uncredited)
Bert Moorhouse ... The Joker (uncredited)
Lee Murray ... Paperboy (uncredited)
Spec O'Donnell ... Elevator Operator (uncredited)
Nestor Paiva ... Jack, theater manager (uncredited)
Catherine Price ... Desiree Vance's Corpse (uncredited)
Brick Sullivan ... Policeman Jasper (uncredited)
Harry Tyler ... Stage Manager (uncredited)
Minerva Urecal ... Landlady (uncredited)
Emmett Vogan ... Smiley Joe Bishop (uncredited)
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Directed by
Eugene Forde 
 
Writing credits
Stanley Rauh (screen play) and
Manning O'Connor (screen play)

Richard Burke (novel "The Dead Take No Bows")

Brett Halliday (character created by)

Produced by
Sol M. Wurtzel .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Cyril J. Mockridge 
 
Cinematography by
Glen MacWilliams (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Fred Allen 
 
Art Direction by
Richard Day 
Joseph C. Wright 
 
Set Decoration by
Thomas Little 
 
Costume Design by
Herschel McCoy  (as Herschel)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sam Schneider .... assistant director (as Samuel Schneider)
 
Sound Department
Eugene Grossman .... sound
Harry M. Leonard .... sound
 
Music Department
Emil Newman .... musical director
Gene Rose .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 

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Runtime:
74 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
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Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: 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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Movie Connections:
Followed by Larceny in Her Heart (1946)See more »

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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
An excellent leading man (Nolan) and good production values make for a fun detective comedy., 25 August 2013
Author: secondtake from United States

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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