Nine Lives Are Not Enough (1941)

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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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Did You Know?


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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Sterling cast with pretty good script makes this fun

When I saw this the first time, years ago, I was struck by the performances of Howard Da Silva and Peter Whitney, whose work I knew from their later films.

And I was struck. Howard Da Silva is one of those actors I think can do no wrong. What a talent.

Peter Whitney is called "fearsome" in his mini-bio here at IMDb, but in "Nine Lives Are Not Enough" he is anything but. This is a difficult, very non-PC role, and it's hard to believe Whitney was just beginning his acting career.

Ronald Reagan's forte was not slapstick, and he seems a bit awkward in some of the knockabout scenes, but other times, as the slightly bashful guy, he is very good.

Again, since this is a Warner Brothers product, the cast is just great, again with so many superb talents who don't get credit, such as John Hamilton, who must have made 500 movies with no credit.

Hamilton's most famous role was as Perry White, editor at the Metropolis Daily Planet, and his most famous line was probably "Don't call me 'chief'!" Reagan's reporter, Matt Sawyer, continually calls Howard Da Silva's editor "chiefie," which is even funnier in the context of Hamilton's presence.

"Nine Lives" might not be great cinema, but it is great fun.

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