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Dangerous Blondes (1943)

Approved | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | 23 September 1943 (USA)
A crime fiction writer and his wife investigate murders that are occurring at a fashion photography studio.

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Ralph McCormick
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Kirk Fenley
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Julie Taylor
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Inspector Joseph Clinton
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Harry Duerr
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Detective Gatling
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Edward E. 'Pop' Philpot
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Detective Joe Henderson
Robert Stanford ...
Jim Snyder
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May Ralston
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Mystery writer Barry Craig and his wife Jane prefer solving crimes to writing about them, and they get a chance when killings plague the fashion photography studio of Ralph McCormick. First, secretary Julie Taylor reports an attempt on her life in the photography darkroom. Then socialite Isabel Fleming is stabbed during a photo shoot. When the prime suspect apparently commits suicide, Police Inspector Joseph Clinton declares the case closed - but then there is another murder. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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IT'S Murder WITH A Wink! See more »

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Comedy | Crime | Drama | Mystery

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23 September 1943 (USA)  »

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Reckless Lady  »

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1.37 : 1
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The final film project of Dwight Frye. See more »

Quotes

Detective Gatling: [unable to answer the quiz show question, "Who invented the machine gun?"] I know that as well as I know my own name!
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Routine with Compensations
10 January 2013 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

A lively cast and kinetic pacing keep this otherwise routine little mystery worth watching. It's one of those amateur sleuth films with bumbling cops that were popular at the time, and which the later TV cop series Dragnet (1951-1959) did so much to try to correct. Still, the comedic undertone of the movie is pretty effective, thanks mainly to Demarest, Joslyn, and especially the perky Keyes. The mystery itself is not very involving since the suspects get little screen time or character development. It's just sort of a hat rack to hang the various hijinks on.

The world's slowest elevator is a funny little touch along with its Spanish-American War operator. And for old movie buffs there's a brief appearance by cult figure Ann Savage (Erika), known mainly for her savage role in the cheapo classic Detour (1945). For wartime audiences, I'll bet the movie was a great bit of escape, and for digital era viewers, it still holds a measure of fun if you're not expecting too much.


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