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Smart Girls Don't Talk (1948)

Passed  -  Crime | Music | Mystery  -  9 October 1948 (USA)
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Linda Vickers gets mixed up with gambler Marty Fain. One of Fain's henchmen uses her car in a killing, and the police come around asking questions. Linda decides to indulge in a bit of ... See full summary »

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Linda Vickers
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Marty Fain
Robert Hutton ...
'Doc' Vickers
Tom D'Andrea ...
Sparky Lynch
Richard Rober ...
Lt. McReady
Helen Westcott ...
Toni Peters
Richard Benedict ...
Cliff Saunders
Ben Welden ...
Nelson Clark
Richard Walsh ...
Johnny Warjak
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Linda Vickers gets mixed up with gambler Marty Fain. One of Fain's henchmen uses her car in a killing, and the police come around asking questions. Linda decides to indulge in a bit of blackmail. Her brother, "Doc', comes to town and disapproves of the company she keeps. Fain is wounded in a killing and 'Doc' helps him out. But "Doc' is shot, and Linda decides to cooperate with the police, and is soon wearing a wire. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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A "Smart Girl" Travels Down Thrill-Street - It's The Scandal-Squad Story Hot Off The Tapped-Wires! See more »

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Crime | Music | Mystery

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9 October 1948 (USA)  »

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Armadilha Fatal  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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It Had to Be You
(uncredited)
Music by Isham Jones
Played when Linda and Marty are at the roulette table
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A Paint-By-the-Numbers Noir
15 December 2004 | by See all my reviews

This isn't bad but it has a false ring. Virginia Mayo is OK. At the start we hear about her being from a high society family with no money left to back that up. This gets lost.

She gets involved in a gambling house raid. The proprietor kind of likes her and also sees her as someone he could use. Enter her brother, the honest "Doc," just out of medical school. He sets her straight about the bad guys but they kill him.

The settings are believable -- clubs, apartments, streets. But it has no sense of reality. It's very formulaic.

The lower budget studios like PRC and Republic -- where have those all gone? They used to appear on local TV regularly -- did noir well. And surprisingly, MGM did it very well too.

Warner Bothers, which released this, had some very good ones but they were of a distinct kind. They were about detectives often, though "Nora Prentice" has the same leading man and is head and shoulders above this.

In sum, it moves along but it doesn't really work.


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