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A wealthy man hires a detective to investigate his wife's past. The detective (Franchot Tone) discovers that the wife had been a dancer and left her home town with an actor. The latter is ... See full summary »

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A wealthy man hires a detective to investigate his wife's past. The detective (Franchot Tone) discovers that the wife had been a dancer and left her home town with an actor. The latter is killed before he can talk, but, with the help of a showgirl, the detective learns that the wife had used stolen papers from a girl friend to enter college after she had stolen $40,000 from the night club where she worked. The detective eventually learns that the husband had killed his wife when he discovered her past in order to avoid a scandal, and had hired the detective to try and frame him for the killing. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Five lovelies leave a trail of perfume... and murder! See more »

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Film-Noir | Mystery

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15 January 1948 (USA)  »

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Cinzas do Passado  »

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Based on a magazine story by Roy Huggins, this movie provided the round-about genesis of the TV series 77 Sunset Strip (1958) (also created by Huggins). In this movie, 'Franchot Tone' plays LA detective Stuart Bailey, which is same name of detective played ten years later by 'Ephrem Zimbalist Jr.' in the 1958 movie Girl on the Run (1958), which, in turn, was spun off into the 77 Sunset Strip TV series that same year. Oddly, this movie was produced by Columbia Pictures, while subsequent movie and TV series were made by Warner Bros. See more »

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Stuart Bailey: [Notices the name tag on her waitress uniform] Just coffee, Millie.
Miss Phipps: My name ain't Millie. Millie got fired. My name's Fannie.
Stuart Bailey: Fannie, would you remember...
Miss Phipps: I hate people that call me that.
Stuart Bailey: But you just said your name was...
Miss Phipps: My friends call me Jackie.
Stuart Bailey: Well, Jackie, would you remember...
Miss Phipps: I said my friends call me Jackie. To you I'm Miss Phipps.
Stuart Bailey: Your name is Phipps.
Miss Phipps: Certainly. You know you oughta learn to get along with people. I see somebody shot 'cha.
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31 October 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A wealthy man hires a detective to investigate his wife's past. The detective (Franchot Tone) discovers that the wife had been a dancer and left her home town with an actor. The latter is killed before he can talk, but, with the help of a showgirl, the detective learns that the wife had used stolen papers from a girl friend to enter college after she had stolen $40,000 from the night club where she worked. The detective eventually learns that the husband had killed his wife when he discovered her past in order to avoid a scandal, and had hired the detective to try and frame him for the killing.

To me the measure of a good film is one that engages you from frame one.

This one not so much. It's slow and plodding. OK if you have nothing else to do, but you might find your mind wandering.


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