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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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Plot:
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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entertaining crime/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)

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:
Continuity: 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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Movie Connections:
Follows Sleepers West (1941)See more »

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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
entertaining crime/comedy, 13 December 2011
Author: blanche-2 from United States

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.

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