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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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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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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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Who-dunnit? Reagan is just the reporter to find out.
5 March 2009 | by (southwest US) – See all my reviews

Mr. President aka Ronald Reagan plays reporter Matt Sawyer, who needs to get a big story, and get it right after bungling up the last story. Viewers will recognize James Gleason as Sergeant Daniels, the thin, blustery, over-confident cop who means well, and usually lucks into the right solution. He was in all "The Falcon" movies, and Arsenic and Old Lace. Sawyer and a reporter for the competition play tricks on each other to get the stories in first. When a famous businessman turns up face down, its Sawyer's job to find out what really happened, even when he's thrown off the paper. Story moves along pretty quickly, except that at one point, Reagan looks into the camera and seems to talk to the viewer. Joan Perry plays the dead man's wife, and that was the last role she did, after marrying Harry Cohn in 1941. Ed Brophy is Officer Slattery, sidekick to Sgt. Daniels. Sounding like one of the Three Stooges, he had ALSO been in the "Falcon" series of films. With gangsters, mistresses, and the mentally challenged, this comedy/whodunnit has a little of everything. Listen closely when J.B. the editor speaks - that's Howard DaSilva, who played Louie Mayer in Mommie Dearest. Has a very distinctive voice. One of Reagan's more fun films, this is from the novel by Jerome Odlum, who had written several novels turned into movies.

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