IMDb > Dressed to Kill (1941)

Dressed to Kill (1941) More at IMDbPro »


Overview

User Rating:
6.5/10   315 votes »
Your Rating:
Saving vote...
Deleting vote...
/10   (delete | history)
Sorry, there was a problem
MOVIEmeter: ?
Down 5% in popularity this week. See why on IMDbPro.
Director:
Writers:
Stanley Rauh (screen play) and
Manning O'Connor (screen play) ...
(more)
Contact:
View company contact information for Dressed to Kill on IMDbPro.
Release Date:
8 August 1941 (USA) See more »
Genre:
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 »
User Reviews:
'B' Picture With An 'A' Story See more (11 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

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)
 

Production CompaniesDistributors

Additional Details

Also Known As:
Runtime:
74 min
Country:
Language:
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
Certification:

Did You Know?

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.
See more »
Movie Connections:
Followed by Too Many Winners (1947)See more »

FAQ

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
7 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
'B' Picture With An 'A' Story, 30 November 2011
Author: GManfred from Ramsey, NJ

"Dressed To Kill" was an excellent murder mystery and the third entry in the Michael Shayne detective series of the 40's. It is the first one I've seen and I enjoyed the way Lloyd Nolan fit the title character like an old shoe. It had a great supporting cast and a story to match, unlike many B murder mysteries of this era which are often formulaic and predictable.

This one took considerable thought, and both the denouement and deus ex machina are pretty clever. Shane/Nolan has to solve a double murder in which the victims are killed at a dinner table with two different guns, and along the way we get to meet some very interesting characters, played by some very interesting character actors. We also find out that he knows nearly everybody within shouting distance, which is a formidable number of people as this is New York City. It creates a cheerfully amiable atmosphere, despite the grumpy Chief Inspector, played by William Demarest in his customary bombastic style. Also on hand is Henry Daniell as a theatrical snob, and Mary Beth Hughes, maybe the prettiest B picture girl who never made the jump to more important pictures.

I thoroughly enjoyed it and I think I will buy the Shayne collection selling on Amazon. Always appreciate good, solid movie-making and "Dressed To Kill" is a sterling example. It played on FMC the other morning.

Was the above review useful to you?
See more (11 total) »

Message Boards

Discuss this movie with other users on IMDb message board for Dressed to Kill (1941)

Recommendations

If you enjoyed this title, our database also recommends:
- - - - -
Michael Shayne: Private Detective Blue, White and Perfect The Thin Man Fallen Angel Murder Is My Business
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
Show more recommendations

Related Links

Full cast and crew Company credits External reviews
IMDb Crime section IMDb USA section

You may report errors and omissions on this page to the IMDb database managers. They will be examined and if approved will be included in a future update. Clicking the 'Edit page' button will take you through a step-by-step process.