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The Dummy Talks (1943)

A ventriloquist is murdered, leaving a show to be done. So, a midget goes undercover as the dummy. But, he always needs to find the criminal!




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Cast overview:
Jack Warner ...
Claude Hulbert ...
Victor Harbord
Beryl Orde ...
Derna Hazell ...
Manning Whiley ...
Russell Warren
G.H. Mulcaster ...
Piers Harriman
John Carol ...
Jimmy Royce
Ivy Benson ...
Herself, Orchestra Leader (as Ivy Benson's All Ladies Orchestra)
Manley & Austin ...
Themselves, Specialty Act
Sylvester & Nephew ...
Themselves, Specialty Act
Skating Avalons ...
Themselves, Specialty Act
The Lai Founs ...
Themselves, Specialty Act


A ventriloquist is murdered, leaving a show to be done. So, a midget goes undercover as the dummy. But, he always needs to find the criminal!

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Crime | Drama





Release Date:

25 October 1943 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Le muet a parlé  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Featured as a trivia question in the movie "Beyond Balderdash." See more »


Funny Occupations
Words and Music by Jack Warner
Sung by Jack Warner (uncredited)
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Backstage Murder
28 April 2017 | by See all my reviews

If you're looking for a hodge-podge of a backstage murder and a series of variety acts that might make up a British music hall revue, then this movie might be up your alley. Claude Hulbert (brother of the better-known Jack) silly-asses his way through a plot involving forged bank notes and finding out who murdered Manning Whiley. He also pines for and pursues Derna Hazel. This is a movie that tries to strike a balance between comedy and thrills. It does not, alas, come off very well, particularly compared to the trans-Atlantic LADY OF BURLESQUE from the same year.

Part of the problem is that for a variety show, the revue lacks variety. There are lots of acrobats and novelty skating acts, and one or two musical numbers, but they are an oddly assorted lot. Beryl Orde, a well-known comic impressionist of the era does some of her impressions, but they are obscure. Of more interest is Jack Warner. If you're more used to thinking of him as the world's oldest police constable from a couple of decades as Dixon of Green Docks, you'll find him very odd here as a man who reads silly letters from his brother and sings nonsense songs. He's an amusing, solid, believable presence and his later success seems quite likely given this fine screen debut.

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