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Three Blondes in His Life (1961)

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

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Duke Wallace
Greta Thyssen ...
Helen Fortner
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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 ...
Sheriff
Jewell Lain ...
Mary - Rogers' Secretary
Phil Arnold ...
Police Detective
Suzi Carnell ...
Carr's Secretary
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An insurance investigator goes to Los Angeles to investigate the disappearance of a colleague.

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one for the money...two for the show...three was ready! See more »

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January 1961 (USA)  »

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Duke Wallace: No sweetheart, you don't have to listen to a word I say. I just want to know what you're going to order for your last meal.
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Frantic in a Panic over You
Written by Guelda Williams
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Sexy babes and smooth performance by Jock Mahoney
2 March 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I watched this on DVD on an evening when I was in a bad mood, having had a hard day at work. This movie put me in a great mood after having watched it. I really enjoyed the film on many levels. This would appeal to fans of the late 40's to mid 50's crime films featuring B movie detectives. I originally bought this DVD because of Greta Thyssen and a true love for B movie detective films. I have to say that the movie was pretty good and it exceeded my expectations. One of my favorite B movie detectives is Hugh Beaumont, who aside from appearing in many classic crime films like "Railroaded", was the star of PRC series detective Mike Shayne and Lippert films Denny O'Brien (which was a filmed version of the great radio show "Pat Novak for Hire"). I bought this DVD because of the sexy Greta Thyssen and a cover featuring a picture of Jock Mahoney looking slightly similar to my favorite Hugh Beaumont. I would have to say that Jock plays the role of the detective very much like the way Hugh Beaumont played Mike Shayne in the PRC films. Jock is laid back and stylish. He is a smooth operator was is not brash and confrontational like Lloyd Nolan in the Fox Films Mike Shayne series. One scene has actor Jessie White telling Jock that he could be arrested for what his is thinking as Jock eyes up the body of their secretary.

The premise of the film has Jock playing Duke Mitchell, an insurance detective investigator, looking for another insurance detective from his company who is missing. Jock traces the missing mans last movements and finds out that he had recently spent time with 3 beautiful blonde women. All the women are very attractive including the brunette secretary at the insurance company. It is interesting to see how the body types of glamour girls have changed from the past 50 years. The glamour girls of the late 50's had lots of curves unlike the skinny models of today. The women in this movie all resemble the girls of the late 50's pinup magazines. Greta Thyssen is most remembered today as one of the top pinup stars of that era, a rival of Jayne Mansfield and Mamie Van Doren. Greta has a body type similar to Jayne Mansfield, not as busty but better looking (in my opinion).

The movie stars Jessie White who was a long time star character actor on TV and feature films. The lead Jock Mahoney is best remembered as playing Tarzan a couple of times. I read that Jock did all his own stunts in his Tarzan films. He does the same in this film. There are 2 scenes that I was surprised that he did his own stunts in this film. One scene has him falling down a flight of stairs and another scene has him crashing through a closed door to start a fight scene. Jock plays a pretty cool character. I feel that he had a fine performance. The film is nothing special but it is definitely above average for the type of film that it is. The film has beautiful women (the 3 blondes of the title and the beautiful brunette secretary) and the running mystery of who the killer is. Is the killer one of the 3 blondes or someone else? If you are a fan of low budget series detective films, this is one to watch. The film has a nice style to it and great eye candy. Greta Thyssen is known for appearing in some of the final Three Stooges comedy shorts (with the awful Joe Bessar).

The DVD is easy to find as it was released by Alpha Video. The DVD I watched starts out fuzzy and soft focus and shortly turns into a sharp transfer. It appeared to me the the opening reel was from a dupe film print and I would love to see an original transfer of the entire movie.


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