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Quiet Please: Murder (1942)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 19 March 1943 (USA)
Book thief/forger sells a fake book to a Nazi through a female agent. A detective tries to uncover who the forger is and gets in the middle of a three way struggle for rare books and revenge in a public library.

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(as John Larkin)

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(screenplay) (as John Larkin), (story "Death From the Sanskrit")
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Jim Fleg (George Sanders), a ruthless, egotistical criminal, steals a priceless Shakespeare folio from the public library, killing a guard during the crime. With his partner, Myra Blandy (Gail Patrick), Fleg forges and sells copies of the folio to unscrupulous collectors. Hal McByrne (Richard Denning), a tough, unrelenting detective traces several of the forgeries back to Myra. She and Fled plot to eliminate McBryne at the scene of the original crime---the public library. In the meantime, a buyer of one of the forgeries is demanding his money back--or else---and trails Myra and Fleg to the library. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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In the opening scenes, a "silenced" pistol is fired making very little noise. But the pistol is a revolver, and silencers work only on semi-automatic pistols. See more »

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Referenced in American Me (1992) See more »

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Complex and dark
12 August 2002 | by (London) – See all my reviews

The plot is as much of a riddle as the psychology of the two main

villains: George Sanders and the perfect noir woman. They calmly

discuss their need to fail, self-sabotage and love of punishment

and fear, namechecking Freud but in a skeptical aside. The

(blackhaired of course) girl spends most of the action in furs, high

heels and a spiky hat with a veil. (You mean that's not how you

dress to visit your local library?) Her words and actions are always

ambiguous. The library setting is played for all it is worth:

dialogues take place in rooms filled with antique furniture,

classical sculpture or old musical instruments. Sanders, seen

through the 'prison bars' created by the strings of a harp (usually

played by angels), plucks one out to use as a torture instrument.

We last see him deliberately cutting his wrists on the handcuffs

and looking forward to his execution. A routine thriller? I don't think

so. xxxx


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