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Dwight Taylor (screen play)
Steve Fisher (novel)
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Release Date:
31 October 1941 (USA) See more »
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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Excellent Film Noir See more (73 total) »


  (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 ... Assistant District Attorney

Charles Lane ... Keating--Florist
Frank Orth ... Cemetery Caretaker
Gregory Gaye ... Headwaiter
May Beatty ... Lady Handel (as Mae Beatty)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Brooks Benedict ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Edward Biby ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Stanley Blystone ... Detective (uncredited)
Wade Boteler ... Detective (uncredited)
John Breen ... Sidewalk Passerby (uncredited)
Ralph Brooks ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Russ Clark ... Policeman (uncredited)
Stanley Clements ... Newsboy (uncredited)
James Conaty ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Heinie Conklin ... Pedestrian Newspaper Buyer (uncredited)
Bob Cornell ... Reporter (uncredited)
Dorothy Dearing ... Girl at Table (uncredited)
Eddie Dunn ... Detective (uncredited)
Ralph Dunn ... Detective (uncredited)
Sarah Edwards ... Customer (uncredited)
Tom Ferrandini ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
James Flavin ... Detective (uncredited)
Bess Flowers ... Lady Handel's Party Guest (uncredited)
Jack Gargan ... Nightclub Waiter (uncredited)
Robert Haines ... Waiter (uncredited)
Stuart Hall ... Nightclub Patron (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)
Mike Morelli ... Fight Spectator (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--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
Harold Arlen .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Alfred Newman .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Herbert W. Spencer .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Other crew
Arthur Berthelet .... dialogue director (uncredited)
Frank L. James .... technical advisor (uncredited)
George Wright .... dialogue director (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

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

Did You Know?

Elisha Cook Jr. who played " Harry Williams" - the actual killer in this film also played another "Harry" in The Big Sleep (1946) - playing Harry JonesSee more »
Continuity: Jill's new address is apartment F, but when Cornell visits, the door is clearly marked 3B.See more »
Ed Cornell:When I get all my evidence together, I'm gonna have you tied up like a pig in a slaughterhouse.See more »
Movie Connections:
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30 out of 40 people found the following review useful.
Excellent Film Noir, 19 May 2003
Author: Don W from Long Island Motor Parkway

There's a lot to like about this Film Noir: excellent use of shadows (some spectacular patterns), Victor Mature's best acting role, Carole Landis' (who's both a better actress & prettier than Betty Grable) juicy part, Laird Cregar in one of the best scary roles of his too short career, & a strong plot. For cheesecake fans: yes, you do get to see Betty's great legs in a swimming pool scene that seems to have been incorporated into this film for just that purpose. For beefcake fans: yes, you do get to see Victor's chest in the same swimming pool scene. So everyone should have something to be happy about. There's lots of suspects here (five solid ones) to choose from, & I got it wrong, so the film gets an extra point for that. I rate it 9/10.

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