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Release Date:
26 July 1947 (USA) See more »
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Jewel thieves, operating under the guises of a Duke and a Duchess, hire the Ace Detective Agency, run by Russ Ashton... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Thin, fast, silly, curious. Not a total wash, but close. See more (5 total) »


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Tom Neal ... Russ Ashton

Pamela Blake ... Susan 'Susie' Hart

Allen Jenkins ... Howard 'Harvard' Quinlan
Virginia Sale ... Veronica Hoopler
Keith Richards ... Silk (henchman)

Lona Andre ... Maxine, gang moll
Crane Whitley ... Charlie Moore, hotel manager
Tom Kennedy ... Officer Murphy
Eddie Kane ... Diamonds' the boss (as Ed Kane)

George Meeker ... Phil Russell, alias the Duke
Bill Kennedy ... Homicide Lt. MacGruder
Rebel Randall ... Mamie Russell, alias the Duchess
Joseph De La Cruz ... The Kidnapped Baby
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Phil Arnold ... Restaurant Customer (uncredited)
Polly Bailey ... Mrs. Hinkey - Female Restaurant Customer (uncredited)
Mickey Simpson ... Mugsy - Henchman (uncredited)

Directed by
Lambert Hillyer 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Carl K. Hittleman 
Ande Lamb  (as Andy Lamb)
Myron A. Nunes  story

Produced by
Carl K. Hittleman .... producer
Maury Nunes .... executive producer
Original Music by
Darrell Calker 
Cinematography by
James S. Brown Jr.  (as James Brown Jr.)
Film Editing by
Arthur A. Brooks 
Art Direction by
William Glasgow 
Makeup Department
Robert Cowan .... makeup artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Robert Farfan .... assistant director
Sound Department
Roy Meadows .... sound recordist
T.T. Triplett .... sound (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Ray Mercer .... special effects
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Music Department
David Chudnow .... music supervisor
Other crew
Robert L. Lippert .... presenter

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Additional Details

41 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
USA:Approved (PCA #12369)

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Follows The Hat Box Mystery (1947)See more »


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3 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Thin, fast, silly, curious. Not a total wash, but close., 3 March 2010
Author: secondtake from United States

The Case of the Baby Sitter (1947)

Wow, a 41 minute film noir? Not really. Yes, it's 41 minutes, thankfully. A cardboard movie with a weirdly complicated plot. It had potential. John Huston could have made it a gem, no pun intended, but B-movie director Lambert Hillyer keeps it silly and fast. The main problem is an intention from scene one to be entertaining, so there are goofy jokes and bad guys who aren't really very scary.

So, why watch this film? For Lona Andre and her famously pretty face? Or for Tom Neal and his cutely handsome face, and in a very reduced role for him? (Both actors had roles in many other films like this, including together in the parallel Hat Box Mystery, some not as bad as this one.) Or maybe watch for character actor Allen Jenkins, who had some good side roles in larger films? Sure, for those really into the period. It's not horrible.

But to just watch this straight on, get on your elliptical and let it happen. As short as it is, it gets a little confusing, with many of the characters taking on roles within their roles--the jewel thieves are pretending to be a rich couple incognito, the club owner is an ex-con, and even the babysitter (Jenkins) is dressed up, fairly incidentally, in someone else's clothes. If you can watch closely, the plot and its intentional twists have potential. The movie has the flavor of the times, made lighthearted, which is always enjoyable for us fans of noir. But there is little else. Except a smile at the end.

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