Nine Lives Are Not Enough (1941)

Approved  |   |  Drama, Mystery  |  20 September 1941 (USA)
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Boy crusader Matt works for the Daily News and always breaks the big story. The only trouble is that he usually has the wrong information and the paper must print a retraction. But this ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Joan Perry ...
Jane Abbott
Sergeant Daniels
Howard Da Silva ...
City Editor (as Howard da Silva)
Rose Chadwick
Edward Brophy ...
Officer Slattery
Peter Whitney ...
Charles Drake ...
'Snappy' Lucas
Vera Lewis ...
Moxie Karper
Howard C. Hickman ...
Colonel Andrews (as Howard Hickman)
Cliff Clark ...
Lieutenant Buckley
Tom Stevenson ...
Paul Phillips ...
Joseph Crehan ...


Boy crusader Matt works for the Daily News and always breaks the big story. The only trouble is that he usually has the wrong information and the paper must print a retraction. But this time he thinks that he is on the right track. On patrol with his cop friends, they find the body of millionaire Edward Abbott in a cheap boarding house. It could be suicide or murder and Matt goes with murder, but the inquest goes with suicide. So Matt is out of a job, but in love with Jane and goes with his hunches - which put him in the middle of more killings. Written by Tony Fontana <>

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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In the car chase scene Col. Andrews (Howard Hickman) is shown brandishing a revolver with a four inch barrel. Later the barrel is clearly a six inch barrel. It switches back and forth a couple of times. See more »


Matt Sawyer: C'mon, faster faster. Give it all ya got.
Sgt. Sam Daniels: It's only a car, kid. It ain't a plane.
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Crazy Credits

The title "Nine Lives Are Not Enough" is the jumbo headline on the bundle of newspapers being opened. Then, the cast credits are boxed "adverts" on the inside pages of the paper. See more »

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A nice and breezy little Reagan film
21 March 2009 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is a B-movie that Ronald Reagan made for Warner Brothers near the beginning of his career. Unlike many of his previous films, here he plays lead and he seemed very adept to this sort of film. Plus it sure helped that he had excellent support in the form of several adept character actors--including Eddie Brophy, James Gleason and Howard de Silva.

Reagan plays a crime reporter who seems to drive his boss crazy. Several times, Reagan's stories turned out to be seriously mistaken and instead of firing him, the editor gives him a dead-end assignment--going out on patrol with a couple idiot cops (Brophy and Gleason). However, instead of punishment, it turns out that there really is a story, as a missing millionaire is unexpectedly found dead in a local rooming house. So, it's up to Reagan and his police friends to uncover the mystery in a film that is highly reminiscent of a Falcon or Saint series film. Despite being a very likable and competent film, the series never clicked and this is the only one of the series.

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