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Dressed to Kill (1941)

Approved | | Crime, Film-Noir, Mystery | 8 August 1941 (USA)
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 ... 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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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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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

If you look at the opening credits Henry Daniell's named is misspelled. His last name only has one l in it. It should have 2 l's. See more »

Goofs

After Shayne demonstrates the magic wand trick, the stage hands run from the table. One of them runs right through the thread attached to the wand but doesn't snag it. See more »

Quotes

Michael Shayne: The stork that delivered you should be arrested for peddling dope.
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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 Murder Is My Business (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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One of the best B-movies ever!
20 August 2009 | by bill-688See all my reviews

Watching this and other Mike Shane entries in this series is truly a treat. They simply don't make them like this any more! Lloyd Nolan is a glib, fast-talking, somewhat arrogant Mike Shane but these traits only add to the character. This one was filmed on a set--unlike some of the others--and the viewer doesn't get a time-travel perspective of the way things looked in 1941. Even so, this little film is well worth watching and owning. Black cast members are given roles of ghost-fearing janitors and one--Mantan Moreland--has his name misspelled in the credits. Oh, if you like double-breasted suits, this film is for you. Shane and other male members of the cast wear them in every scene.


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