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Three Blondes in His Life (1961)

 -  Crime | Drama  -  January 1961 (USA)
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An insurance investigator goes to Los Angeles to investigate the disappearance of a colleague.

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Jock Mahoney ...
Duke Wallace
Greta Thyssen ...
Helen Fortner
Jesse White ...
Ed Kelly
Elaine Edwards ...
Lois Collins
Anthony Dexter ...
Charlie Walsh
Valerie Porter ...
Martha Carr
Brian O'Hara ...
Lewis - the Butler
Darlene Hendricks ...
Betty - Kelly's Secretary
Charles G. Neidel Sr. ...
Richard Rogers
Gil Frye ...
Hank - Investigator (as Gilbert Frye)
Robert Carson ...
Henry Carr
Dwight Marfield ...
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Jewell Lain ...
Mary - Rogers' Secretary
Phil Arnold ...
Police Detective
Suzi Carnell ...
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An insurance investigator goes to Los Angeles to investigate the disappearance of a colleague.

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Helen Fortner: Do I know you?
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Like a pulp detective novel come to life on the screen!
15 January 2005 | by (south Texas USA) – See all my reviews

Just watched this again after about five years, and I'm still struck by the wonderful hard-boiled ambiance of the film, which perfectly captures the male-fantasy element of detective fiction. As a reader of things like Mike Shayne crime novels, I think that THREE BLONDES IN HIS LIFE captures the alcohol-soaked, blonde-loving, tough-guy feel of the typical Shayne novel better than any of the movies that featured the Shayne character. Jock Mahoney (see my review of I'VE LIVED BEFORE), always a reliable leading man with great physical charisma and macho attitude, is perfect as an insurance detective out to crack the case of a phony robbery staged to hide a jewel theft, a case that eventually involves murder. A former agent for Mahoney's company has gone missing and is implicated in the crime, and this agent had three blondes in his life. Soon, they are involved in Mahoney's life. I love the way that when Mahoney walks into a room to visit one of these women and question her, he first is offered a drink (he's a bourbon drinker), and then the woman either comes on to him, or puts up a shrewish front as a cover for the fact that she really WANTS to come on to him! The film is rather low-budget, but is shot very imaginatively. I commented to my fiancée as we watched this that it had the technical feel of a 50s syndicated TV crime show,with small but efficiently shot sets, but had excellent location photography also which helped create a nice atmospheric Los Angeles feel to it. It's also lit like a TV crime show. Imagine my surprise when I checked the IMDb credits and saw that director Leon Chooluck's only directing credit other than this is the HIGHWAY PATROL TV series! Chooluck has a long string of credits as production manager on a number of interesting b-movies, many of which I've loved, and he obviously learned how to organize an efficient production. Another interesting aspect of the film is that the production company, Cinema Associates, was a group of four people, one of whom was the legendary Haskell Wexler, of MEDIUM COOL fame. THREE BLONDES IN HIS LIFE captures the ambiance of a paperback-original detective novel better than most similar films I've ever seen. It features a strong, cool leading man in Jock Mahoney, and it deserves to be much better known. Check it out.


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