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Dressed to Kill (1941)

Detective Michael Shayne and his girlfriend Joanne are on their way to be married when a scream from a nearby hotel room draws his attention to a pair of theatrical murders.

Director:

Eugene Forde

Writers:

Stanley Rauh (screen play), Manning O'Connor (screen play) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lloyd Nolan ... Michael Shayne
Mary Beth Hughes ... Joanne La Marr
Sheila Ryan ... Connie Earle
William Demarest ... Inspector Pierson
Ben Carter ... Sam
Virginia Brissac ... Lynne Evans, alias Emily the Maid
Erwin Kalser Erwin Kalser ... Carlo Ralph, alias Otto Kuhn
Henry Daniell ... Julian Davis (as Henry Daniel)
Dick Rich Dick Rich ... Al -Police Detective
Milton Parsons ... Max Allaron
Charles Arnt ... Hal Brennon
Charles Trowbridge ... David Earle
Hamilton MacFadden Hamilton MacFadden ... Reporter
May Beatty May Beatty ... Phyllis Lathrop
Charles C. Wilson ... Editor (as Charles Wilson)
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Storyline

Detective Michael Shayne and his girlfriend Joanne are on their way to be married when a scream from a nearby hotel room draws his attention to a pair of theatrical murders.

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Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 August 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Dead Take No Bows See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

If you look at the sleeves on Shayne's suit they are poorly cut. They don't 'lay' properly. They have sags in them. See more »

Goofs

When Mike enters the dining room to look for clues, the dead woman blinks. Her eye can just be seen through the candle holder when she blinks. See more »

Quotes

Inspector Pierson: [Picks up dog's head mask] What's this?
Michael Shayne: Oh, I found that on Lathrop's head. The murderer must have put it there after he shot him.
Inspector Pierson: What did he do that for?
Michael Shayne: Oh, maybe he liked Airedales, I don't know.
Al -Police Detective: I had a dog like that once, it'd eat anything, it was very fond of children.
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Crazy Credits

Mantan Moreland plays Rusty but is credited as playing Sam. Ben Carter plays Sam but is credited with playing Rusty. M.B. Hughes plays a character called JoAnne, but Michael keeps calling her "Joan" and "Joanie". See more »

Connections

Followed by Blonde for a Day (1946) See more »

Soundtracks

I've Got You All to Myself
Written by Ralph Rainger and Leo Robin
Sung by Sheila Ryan
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Terrific 'B' mystery
6 February 2000 | by JohnSealSee all my reviews

Dressed to Kill is one of the most enjoyable 'B' movies I've ever seen. Lloyd Nolan is terrific as Michael Shayne, detective, and his supporting cast is superb to say the least. William Demarest is the best hapless police inspector this side of James Gleason, a youthful Henry Daniell plays a stuck up prig to perfection, Milton Parsons is a bad baddie, and we even get small turns from Mantan Moreland and Billy Benedict. The story is reasonably well written, fast paced, and a lot of fun.


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