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Nine Girls (1944)

Approved | | Comedy, Mystery | 17 February 1944 (USA)
One of the members of a sorority is found murdered. Although the police are called in to investigate, fellow sorority girl Mary O'Ryan decides to do some sleuthing on her own to unmask the ... See full summary »

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Mary O'Ryan
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Jane Peters
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Paula Canfield
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Roberta Halloway
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Eve Sharon
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Alice Blake
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Shirley Berke
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Capt. Brooks
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Walter Cummings
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One of the members of a sorority is found murdered. Although the police are called in to investigate, fellow sorority girl Mary O'Ryan decides to do some sleuthing on her own to unmask the killer. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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17 February 1944 (USA)  »

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This Little Hand  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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[Walter has spilled as much food as he's eaten]
Walter Cummings: That was certainly a good meal.
'Butch' Hendricks: Yeah, and on you it looks good.
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6 February 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Nine girls go to a mountain retreat as part of a college initiation trip but only eight of them arrive. Paula (Anita Louise) never shows up because she has been murdered. The eight girls and their teacher, Miss Thornton (Ann Harding), are visited by police Captain Brooks (Willard Robertson) and his side-kick Walter (William Demarest) investigating the murder. The killer is amongst them......who dunnit?....

This is a short film with moments of good dialogue, eg, "No-one liked Paula more than me...and I hated her" William Demarest is pointlessly slapstick and plays his part badly. We needed a serious policeman not a clown. He is involved in most of the bad scenes in the film, eg, the scene where Butch (Jeff Donnell) brings him breakfast and then engages him in a conversation about poison to which he gets suspicious and asks Butch to sample every option on his tray. She ends up eating the whole breakfast. We can see this coming from a mile off, it drags on and it's not funny. His attempts at humour are also not needed because the characters of the girls bring their own humour to the proceedings, although Eve's (Lynne Merrick) Katherine Hepburn impression gets tiresome. It's good entertainment with some snappy dialogue but let-down by an unnecessary William Demarest.


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