Tall, Dark and Handsome (1941)

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Robin Hoodish gangster in 1929 Chicago is an object of affection, kind to New York hood and bad to a bad crook.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Virginia Gilmore ...
Judy Miller
Charlotte Greenwood ...
Mrs. Winnie Sage
Frosty Welch
Pretty Willie Williams
Stanley Clements ...
Detroit Harry Morrison Jr.
Frank Jenks ...
Barnett Parker ...
Quentin, the Butler
Paul Hurst ...
Biff Sage
Frank Bruno ...
Chick - Driver / Gunman
Leon Belasco ...
Alfredo Herrera
Charles D. Brown ...
District Attorney


Robin Hoodish gangster in 1929 Chicago is an object of affection, kind to New York hood and bad to a bad crook. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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gangster | chicago illinois | See All (2) »


Comedy | Crime





Release Date:

24 January 1941 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ready, Willing and Beautiful  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Swedish Censor Board no 64.154. This movie is totally forbidden to be shown to Swedish audiences - at least in 1942. See more »


Referenced in Biography: Milton Berle: Mr. Television See more »


Wishful Thinking
Lyrics by Leo Robin
Music by Ralph Rainger
Copyright 1940 Twentieth Century Music Corporation
Sung by Virginia Gilmore
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Cesar Romero and Sheldon Leonard brighten up good gangster comedy...
15 November 2009 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews


The story started seeming familiar to me when I realized it was remade in the '50s as LOVE THAT BRUTE with Paul Douglas and Jean Peters.

The real scene stealer here is STANLEY CLEMENTS, the tough little guy whom Romero gets to pose as his son in order to hire Gilmore as the governess for his "children." The story is completely unpredictable with a wacky sense of humor and some clever plot twists.

It's briskly directed by H. Bruce Humberstone and was a surprise hit at the box-office, even nabbing a nomination for Best Original Script. Plenty of humorous lines and situations, even if none of it is quite believable. A fun film to watch around the holidays.

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