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Murder at the Vanities (1934)

A homicide detective with an eye for the ladies investigating a murder in Earl Carroll's Vanities allows the music review to continue during the investigation.

Director:

Mitchell Leisen

Writers:

Carey Wilson (screenplay), Joseph Gollomb (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Carl Brisson ... Eric Lander
Victor McLaglen ... Bill Murdock
Jack Oakie ... Jack Ellery
Kitty Carlisle ... Ann Ware
Dorothy Stickney ... Norma Watson
Gertrude Michael ... Rita Ross
Jessie Ralph ... Mrs. Helene Smith
Charles Middleton ... Homer Boothby (as Charles B. Middleton)
Gail Patrick ... Sadie Evans
Donald Meek ... Dr. Saunders
Toby Wing ... Nancy
Duke Ellington ... Duke Elliogton
Duke Ellington Orchestra Duke Ellington Orchestra ... Duke Ellington's Orchestra
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Storyline

Shortly before the curtain goes up the first time at the latest performance of Earl Carroll's Vanities, someone is attempting to injure the leading lady Ann Ware, who wants to marry leading man Eric Lander. Stage manager in charge Jack Ellery calls in his friend, policeman Bill Murdock, to help him investigate. Bill thinks Jack if offering to let him see the show from an unusual view point, after he forgot to get him tickets for the performance, but then they find the corpse of a murdered women. Bill suspects Eric of the crime, especially, after the second female lead Rita Ross told him she saw the women leaving from Eric's room. Then Rita is shot onstage with Eric's gun. Jack and Bill decide not to stop the show, but Bill preparing to arrest Eric. Is he on the right track ? Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 May 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Broadwayn mysterio See more »

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Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Based on a Broadway production of the same name, but completely rewritten for the screen and with all new musical numbers. See more »

Goofs

When the body of the woman on the catwalk is turned on her back, you can see the actress' chest rise and fall as she takes a breath. See more »

Quotes

Rita Ross: [Exit line to Mrs. Smith] Ta, Ta! I'll see you in the chair.
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Connections

Referenced in Movie Melodies on Parade (1936) See more »

Soundtracks

Cocktails For Two
by Arthur Johnston and Sam Coslow
Sung by Carl Brisson
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Pre code with Kitty Carlisle and some racy numbers
10 October 2013 | by jjnxn-1See all my reviews

Murder mystery with a musical backdrop shows its age but has some interesting numbers in particular Duke Ellington's orchestra's production and the now infamous Marijuana number with discreetly covered but unquestionably topless showgirls. Lost in amongst the hundreds of hopeful showgirls and chorus boys are Lucille Ball, Ann Sheridan and Alan Ladd all still years away from any kind of fame and hard to spot. The acting is okay but this is more of a curio as a good example of some of the things that were common before the code, implied or actual nudity, drug references and occasional swearing that would disappear for almost 3 decades when the Hayes code took full effect within a very short time after this film premiered.


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