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Tall, Dark and Handsome (1941)

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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Judy Miller
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Mrs. Winnie Sage
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Frosty Welch
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Pretty Willie Williams
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Detroit Harry Morrison Jr.
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Puffy
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Quentin, the Butler
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Louie
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Biff Sage
Frank Bruno ...
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Leon Belasco ...
Alfredo Herrera
Charles D. Brown ...
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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. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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24 January 1941 (USA)  »

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Ready, Willing and Beautiful  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Betty Grable was originally set to star. See more »

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Remade as Love That Brute (1950) See more »

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Wishful Thinking
Lyrics by Leo Robin
Music by Ralph Rainger
Copyright 1940 Twentieth Century Music Corporation
Sung by Virginia Gilmore
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Mock Turtle Soup
13 November 2001 | by (brighton, ma) – See all my reviews

Sometimes mock turtle soup is better than none, and Tall, Dark and Handsome, while not Damon Runyon, is close enough to the Master to be pretty satisfying in its own right. Cesar Romero plays a kind-hearted gangster who has cultivated a reputation for ruthlessness, but is in reality so nice a guy he won't even execute his rival's henchmen, so he keeps them in the basement of his lakeside mansion. Sheldon Leonard made his first big splash as Romero's rival, and is quite funny. Milton Berle has a small role in this as well. Charlotte Greenwood is also on hand, and does an elaborate dance number. Director Bruce Humberstone keep things moving at a brisk pace. This is at times a quite funny film if one has a taste for old-time gangster movies, of which this is a parody. Cesar Romero handles the lead role beautifully, and gives what may be his best star performance. I'm amazed that his studio didn't capitalize on his work here, and produce a series for him. Always an amiable player, he often seemed oddly cast at times. His mix of outward guile and inner softness has never been so well-used, and he is a delight in this film.


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