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Remains to Be Seen (1953)

Approved | | Comedy, Crime, Music | 15 May 1953 (USA)
June Allyson plays a band singer working in New York City; Van Johnson is the manager of a fancy apartment house where a murder is committed. The victim is Allyson's wealthy uncle, and ... See full summary »

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Jody Revere
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Waldo Williams
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Benjamin Goodman
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Valeska Chauvel
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Dr. Glenson
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Lt. O'Flair
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Ben
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Mrs. West
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Mr. Bennett
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Ling Tan
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Delapp (examiner)
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Detective Minetti (as Larry Blake)
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Kyle Manning
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June Allyson plays a band singer working in New York City; Van Johnson is the manager of a fancy apartment house where a murder is committed. The victim is Allyson's wealthy uncle, and since she can't account for her actions at the time of the crime, our heroine is the principal suspect.

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M-G-M's Fright-FULLY FUNNY MIRTHQUAKE (original print ad - mostly caps)

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Comedy | Crime | Music | Mystery

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15 May 1953 (USA)  »

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A Porta Secreta  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Based on a 1951 Broadway play that starred Janis Paige and Jackie Cooper and ran for nearly 200 performances. See more »

Soundtracks

Too Marvelous for Words
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Music by Richard A. Whiting
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
Played over main titles and later sung by Van Johnson and June Allyson
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Remains To Be Seen on DVD?
15 December 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

For years I've been wishing and hoping to see Dorothy Dandridge in "Remains to be Seen" on DVD. I've only seen a short clip of Dorothy's stunning night club number and it is a visual knock out! Lena Horne's movie appearances were largely confined to such cameo scenes which could easily be extracted for southern audiences whose only acceptable image of a black woman was an grinning eye popping big black mammy in a head rag serving "Miss Charlotte". Still Ruby Dandridge (Dorothy's "Mommie Dearest") made a good point when she quipped, "It's better to play a maid than BE a maid." Maybe daughter Dorothy used the same logic years later when she decided to PLAY a slave in "Tomango"...or maybe it was a simple choice "to work or not to work" since DD was offered no leading roles after "Carmen". There was just no decent work for a beautiful colored girl in Hollywood in those days and things haven't really changed that much. Halle Berry, Dorothy Dandridge reincarnated, still faces and fights racism and typecasting at the myth factory. Why doesn't MGM release this dud solely for avid Dandrige fans like me who would gobble it up? I also look forward to seeing a restored "Tomango" and "Porgy and Bess" on DVD. Other Dandridge movies that have not been released on DVD include "Blues for a Junkman"(TV)/"Murder Men"(European version w/nude scenes)" "The Decks Ran Red" "Bright Road" "Four Shall Die" "Malaga" and "Marco Polo".


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