When a top fashion model is murdered, a stockboy is suspected of the crime. He and another model set out to clear his name and find the real killer.



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Complete credited cast:
Jimmy O'Brien
Peggy Rooney
Tim Ryan ...
Police Inspector O'Hara
Yvonne Brewster
Dorothy Christy ...
Madame Celeste
Police Detective Grogan
Sally Yarnell ...
Marie Lewis
Jack Norton ...
Harry Depp ...
Harvey Van Allen
Nell Craig ...
Jessica Van Allen
Edward Keane ...
Jacques Duval
John Valentine ...


Peggy Rooney, Yvonne Brewster, and Marie Lewis are models at Madame Celeste's fashion house, Madame Celeste who is only the front for the business' true designer and owner, her ex-husband, Jacques Duval. There is disharmony at the fashion house, as Yvonne is trying to steal Peggy's boyfriend, Jimmy O'Brien, Madame Celeste's stock clerk and driver. This behavior is typical for Yvonne as she was the cause of Duval and Celeste's marriage breaking up. Jimmy is implicated as the culprit when Yvonne is found strangled to death, as Mac, the security guard, overheard Jimmy state that he would strangle Yvonne. In reality, Jimmy said that to Peggy in jest to appease her jealousy. Beyond all the employees at the fashion house, other people who are brought in for questioning by the police are: Mr. Davis, Yvonne's older wealthy boyfriend; and snobbish and condescending customer Jessica Van Allen and her henpecked husband Harvey Van Allen, the last two customers in the store before closing when ... Written by Huggo

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2 March 1945 (USA)  »

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This film received its earliest documented telecast in New York City Saturday 24 July 1948 on WCBS (Channel 2); in Los Angeles, television viewers got their first chance to see it Wednesday 21 December 1949 on KTSL (Channel 2). See more »


When Duval is in the back of the truck,supposedly murdered, he is clearly breathing as his stomach is moving. See more »

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B Flick Without Too Much Going for It
4 December 2010 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Fashion Model (1945)

** (out of 4)

Cheap but fairly entertaining murder-mystery from Monogram has stock boy Danny O'Brien (Robert Lowery) being accused of killing a model so he runs off with his girlfriend (Marjorie Weaver) to try and clear his name while a detective (Tim Ryan) tries to find them. When you see the Monogram logo go up on the screen that there should tell you not to expect any type of art film or masterpiece. Those who enjoy these "B" movies will probably find this one here slightly entertaining or at the very least it's a good way to kill an hour. As with the majority of films like it, this one here suffers from some really bad comic relief. I've seen dozens of these films and I've always wondered why they added so much comedy relief and especially considering how over-the-top and rather silly they make it. We of course have the one standard cop role who is such a moron that he could only be a cop in a "B" film like this. The comic banter between Lowery and Weaver is also pretty high as it appears they're wanting to be some sort of Abbott and Costello team. I thought the two were fairly good together but it's very possible that 'One Shot' Beaudine really wasn't giving them the opportunity to build anything in terms of chemistry but instead just wanted the quickest take they could give. Ryan is pretty good in his role as well and we got some nice stuff from Lorna Gray and Dewey Robinson. The actual mystery behind the film isn't too bad but then again you shouldn't be expecting something like Hitchcock. There is one major goof in the film when a character offers a $5,000 reward for a piece of jewelry that is missing. The next scene one of the characters this reward was told to says that the reward money is three times as much as what was previously said.

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