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Writers:
Dwight Taylor (screen play)
Steve Fisher (novel)
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Release Date:
31 October 1941 (USA) See more »
Plot:
Why is Inspector Ed Cornell trying to railroad Frankie Christopher for the murder of model Vicky Lynn? Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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User Reviews:
Who Killed Vicki? See more (69 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Betty Grable ... Jill Lynn

Victor Mature ... Frankie Christopher

Carole Landis ... Vicky Lynn
Laird Cregar ... Ed Cornell
William Gargan ... Jerry MacDonald

Alan Mowbray ... Robin Ray
Allyn Joslyn ... Larry Evans

Elisha Cook Jr. ... Harry Williams
Chick Chandler ... Reporter
Cyril Ring ... Reporter
Morris Ankrum ... Asst. District Attorney

Charles Lane ... Keating, Florist
Frank Orth ... Caretaker
Gregory Gaye ... Headwaiter
May Beatty ... Mrs. Handel (as Mae Beatty)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Brooks Benedict ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Stanley Blystone ... Detective (uncredited)
Wade Boteler ... Detective (uncredited)
Ralph Brooks ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Russ Clark ... Policeman (uncredited)
Stanley Clements ... Newsboy (uncredited)
James Conaty ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Heinie Conklin ... Pedestrian Who Buys Newspaper (uncredited)
Bob Cornell ... Reporter (uncredited)
Dorothy Dearing ... Girl at Table (uncredited)
Eddie Dunn ... Detective (uncredited)
Ralph Dunn ... Detective (uncredited)
Sarah Edwards ... Customer (uncredited)
James Flavin ... Detective (uncredited)
Bess Flowers ... Lady Handel's Party Guest (uncredited)
Jack Gargan ... Nightclub Waiter (uncredited)
George Hickman ... Newsboy (uncredited)
Kenner G. Kemp ... Cab Driver (uncredited)

Frank McClure ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Pat McKee ... Ozinski - Newsman (uncredited)
Edward McWade ... Old Man at Library (uncredited)
Harold Miller ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Philip Morris ... Detective (uncredited)
Forbes Murray ... Mr. Handel (uncredited)
William J. O'Brien ... Man Hosing Sidewalk (uncredited)
Albert Pollet ... Waiter (uncredited)
Dick Rich ... Detective (uncredited)
Tim Ryan ... Detective (uncredited)
Harry Seymour ... Bartender (uncredited)
Bert Stevens ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Harry Strang ... Officer Murphy (uncredited)
Amzie Strickland ... Girl at Table (uncredited)
Basil Walker ... Reporter (uncredited)
Paul Weigel ... Gus, the Delicatessen Proprietor (uncredited)
Cecil Weston ... Police Matron (uncredited)

Directed by
H. Bruce Humberstone  (as Bruce Humberstone)
 
Writing credits
Dwight Taylor (screen play)

Steve Fisher (novel "I Wake Up Screaming")

Produced by
Milton Sperling .... producer
 
Original Music by
Cyril J. Mockridge (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Edward Cronjager (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Robert L. Simpson  (as Robert Simpson)
 
Art Direction by
Richard Day 
Nathan Juran 
 
Set Decoration by
Thomas Little 
 
Costume Design by
Gwen Wakeling 
 
Makeup Department
Guy Pearce .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
William Koenig .... production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ad Schaumer .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Bernard Freericks .... sound
Roger Heman Sr. .... sound (as Roger Heman)
 
Music Department
Cyril J. Mockridge .... musical director
Herbert W. Spencer .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Arthur Berthelet .... dialogue director (uncredited)
Frank L. James .... technical advisor (uncredited)
George Wright .... dialogue director (uncredited)
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Hot Spot" - UK, USA (working title)
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Runtime:
82 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono | Mono (RCA Sound System)
Certification:
Argentina:13 | Finland:K-16 | Sweden:15 | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #7647)

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Trivia:
Immediately before shooting, a bottle of silver nitrate was accidentally spilled onto Carole Landis' lips by her dentist. As a result, her lips were blue for more than three weeks, posing an added challenge for the makeup crew.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: When Vicky Lynn's dead body is on the floor, and is being examined by Frankie, Jill walks in the room and the camera begins to quickly dolly up. All of a sudden, Vicky starts to quickly roll away as if to get out of the way of the camera path. (They show the same revealing mistake in the movie's trailer.)See more »
Quotes:
Lady Handel:How old are you, anyway?
Robin Ray:That, my dear Lady Handel, is a secret that I keep even from my own mother.
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Movie Connections:
References The Wizard of Oz (1939)See more »
Soundtrack:
The Things I LoveSee more »

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6 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Who Killed Vicki?, 2 October 2013
Author: Claudio Carvalho from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

When the model Vicky Lynn (Carole Landis) is found murdered in her apartment in New York, the promoter of sports Frankie Christopher (Victor Mature) becomes the prime suspect of Inspector Ed Cornell (Laird Cregar) and is brought to the precinct for interrogatory. Christopher discloses how he promoted the career of Vicky when she was a waitress after making a bet with his friends Robin Ray (Alan Mowbray) and Larry Evans (Allyn Joslyn). After reaching the stardom, Vicky tells Christopher that she would leave him to go to Hollywood and on the next day, she was killed. Ed Cornell insists that Christopher is the killer and frames him, and Christopher can only have the support of Vicky's sister, Jill Lynn (Betty Grable), who has fallen in love with him. Who Killed Vicki?

"I Wake Up Screaming" is a film-noir with a story of unrequited love and obsession and "Over the Rainbow" as the music theme (after "The Wizard of Oz" of two years before). Laird Cregar is scary in the role of Inspector Ed Cornell and the final twist surprises and is well resolved. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Quem Matou Vicki?" ("Who Killed Vicki")

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