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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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Cast overview:
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 ...
Jewell Lain ...
Mary - Rogers' Secretary
Phil Arnold ...
Police Detective
Suzi Carnell ...
Carr's Secretary


An insurance investigator goes to Los Angeles to investigate the disappearance of a colleague.

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January 1961 (USA)  »

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Jock Mahoney investigates the disappearance of a fellow investigator, encountering three blondes in the process
29 August 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Three Blondes in His Life" (1961) is a highly enjoyable detective-mystery story. It's the kind of detective movie that was launched from a noir platform, but by the sixties and seventies had shed some of the darker noir trappings and begun to develop its own style. Still, noir elements survive.

Jock Mahoney plays an insurance investigator called upon to locate a missing insurance investigator named Collins. This is two years before Mahoney got ill playing Tarzan on location and lost a lot of weight. Here he looks very robust. He's a ladies man in this picture. He does quite a bit of deduction and hypothesizing with the excellent Jesse White, the local agent. They figure that Collins was into insurance fraud himself, and that means looking into his recent cases. That creates complexity in the story as Mahoney bounces around from one lead and one blonde to another. All three of them are sexy and seductive. All three seem respectable but all act like femme fatales, in another link to the noir world.

The first blonde is the wife of Collins, Elaine Edwards. The second was the recipient of insurance funds from a jewel theft that Mahoney finds suspicious. She's Valerie Porter. The third blonde is Greta Thyssen, whose husband died in a suspicious accident. They all turn on the sex appeal with Mahoney and he responds, fully clothed in suit and tie, always to a fadeout in which we are to use our imaginations as to what happens after a passionate kiss. For male viewers who do not demand explicit scenes but appreciate the feminine wiles, their looks, their curves, and their enticing appeals, these three women really make this movie. But Mahoney is essential too as the man in charge who knows exactly what they are up to but can enjoy himself without losing his head or forgetting his mission. It's all great fun.

There's one murder whose solution is virtually ignored as the movie ends. We have to guess at it, more or less.

It's a low budget production but some on location exteriors help. The dialog is very good too. What you will not find is anything special at all in the photography department. Mahoney does his own stunts and fights, and they are not trivial. There are some big Buicks riding around, adding a nostalgic element for those of us who were young in 1961.

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