MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 24,665 this week

I'll Sell My Life (1941)

Approved  |   |  Action, Crime, Drama  |  12 September 1941 (USA)
5.2
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 5.2/10 from 24 users  
Reviews: 4 user

As Freddie and Lugger, employees of Bovhini, are waiting in the parking lot of the Club Sirocco for Ruth Parmelee, they see a woman accost Ruth and then shoot her and speed away in a car. ... See full summary »

Director:

Writers:

(story), (screenplay), 1 more credit »
0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

I
a list of 1248 titles
created 28 Nov 2012
 
list image
a list of 90 titles
created 5 months ago
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: I'll Sell My Life (1941)

I'll Sell My Life (1941) on IMDb 5.2/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of I'll Sell My Life.
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Variety Girl (1947)
Comedy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Dozens of star and character-actor cameos and a message about the Variety Club (show-business charity) are woven into a framework about two hopeful young ladies who come to Hollywood, ... See full summary »

Director: George Marshall
Stars: Mary Hatcher, Olga San Juan, DeForest Kelley
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

War hero turned villain George Martin escapes from prison, but he is handcuffed to a naive young crook Willie Stannard. After using a clever plan to obtain railway tickets, and with the ... See full summary »

Director: Alfred Roome
Stars: Jack Warner, Jane Hylton, David Tomlinson
Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A condemned murderer on the eve of his execution decides to tell the authorities who hired him to commit the murder. However, he's killed by a poison dart in front of a roomful of officials... See full summary »

Director: Phil Rosen
Stars: Ricardo Cortez, Joan Woodbury, Pat Gleason
Adventure | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Vagabond poet François Villon rises to high office in 1463 Paris.

Director: Frank Lloyd
Stars: Ronald Colman, Basil Rathbone, Frances Dee
Comedy | Fantasy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A beautiful 17th-century witch returns to life to plague politician Wallace Wooley, descendant of her persecutor.

Director: René Clair
Stars: Fredric March, Veronica Lake, Robert Benchley
Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

An older doctor in a rural area takes on a younger physician as his partner. When the older doctor's wife is found murdered, the man becomes the chief suspect, especially when he suddenly ... See full summary »

Director: Charles Saunders
Stars: Patrick Barr, Jane Baxter, Julie Somers
Edit

Cast

Cast overview:
Rose Hobart ...
Michael Whalen ...
Mordecai Breen
Stanley Fields ...
Bochini
...
Valencia Duncan
Roscoe Ates ...
Happy Hogan
Richard Bond ...
Albert Darnell
Ben Taggart ...
Police Lt. Hammer
Robert Regent ...
Philip Leyden
Paul Maxey ...
Grady
Munro Brown ...
Freddie
Robert Walker ...
Lugger
Eduardo Durant ...
Eddie, Orchestra Leader
Frances Morris ...
Annie Winterbottom
Edit

Storyline

As Freddie and Lugger, employees of Bovhini, are waiting in the parking lot of the Club Sirocco for Ruth Parmelee, they see a woman accost Ruth and then shoot her and speed away in a car. Bochini, who has loved Ruth, vows revenge. Mordecai Breen is devoting his life to welfare work among the city's needy, and publishes a small newspaper called "The Friend in Need," assisted by his former prize fighter friend, Happy Hogan. An advertisement headed "I'll Buy Your Life" appears in the paper and Breen decides to investigate. At the address given, the swanky Alhambra Arms apartments, Breen learns that the advertiser is Alfred Darnell, an orchestra leader and writer of detective stories. A number of girls answer the ad, but Dale Leyden, after being interviewed by Darnell and Velencia Duncan, is the successful applicant. As she leaves, Breen tells her that if she should find herself in the need of any assistance, to let him know. Dale tells her blind musician brother Philip that an uncle who ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

envelope | writer | welfare | vow | revenge | See All (68) »

Genres:

Action | Crime | Drama | Mystery

Certificate:

Approved
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

12 September 1941 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Some Call It Murder  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Soundtracks

Mysterio
Written by Leo Rojo
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Although A Certain Vigour Is Evident During Several Scenes, More Than The Reticent Hand Of The Director Is Needed.
20 September 2008 | by (Mountain Mesa, California) – See all my reviews

The IMDb synopsis for this work, contributed by the redoubtable Les Adams, will allow a prospective viewer to have a firm idea of the storyline for this low-budget affair that might well serve as a template for how a flagrantly outrageous melodrama was to be constructed during its cinematic time frame, the years from the mid-1930s through the mid-1940s. The picture is taken from a long story entitled "I'll Buy Your Life" by Walter F. Ripperger (incorrectly listed upon the credits screen as Rippenger), first published in Street & Smith's DETECTIVE STORY MAGAZINE, March, 1941. Ripperger's tales appeared with frequency from 1934 to 1941 in pulp fiction periodicals, these magazines paying authors by the word, accepting nearly any submission that adhered to established popular standards, even if too whimsical to succeed as even a remotely rational narrative, as is the case with this film. Director Elmer Clifton, with aid from dialogue director George Rosener, is accountable for this treatment of the Ripperger original, and the result for the most part butts up against basic canons of common sense, essentially becoming merely artificial tosh that must go without the courage of its lack of conviction. An undernourished plot benefits from several musical numbers. A significant amount of the action occurs in a cabaret, Club Sirocco, where entertainment is provided for the most part by a highly popular Cuban band of the film's era, Eddie Durant And His Rhumba Orchestra, with Durant himself singing a version of Mysterio, by Leo Rojo. Talented second female lead, the striking Joan Woodbury, dances with skill and also sings a novelty number, "Incidentally", composed by her real-life husband, actor Henry Wilcoxon. Robert Regent, cast as lead Rose Hobart's blind brother, offers an abridged version of Stephen Foster's Beautiful Dreamer in his fine baritone. Clifton's established propensity for artistically composed closeups, maintained since his palmy days at the helm of top-tier silent motion pictures, has increased the merit of some episodes, but a strong barrier remains to viewer pleasure: a hackneyed scenario that as a consequence lowers the film to its station as merely a tiresome exercise in anti-climax. Despite flat direction that thereby pardons hamminess displayed by some veteran players, these are depreciated when always effectual Hobart is on screen, persuasively creating her role of a woman ready to sacrifice her life for a noble purpose. Reissued by Alpha Home Entertainment, the first name among those companies supplying little loved older films to a DVD buying public, has not, in accord with its policy, remastered this film; however, the print is visually satisfactory throughout, and its sound quality is fine, skips and elisions being infrequent. There are, as must be expected from Alpha, no extras provided upon the disk.


0 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss I'll Sell My Life (1941) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?