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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 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 ... Reporter
May Beatty ... Phyllis Lathrop
Charles C. Wilson ... Editor (as Charles Wilson)
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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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Trivia

American Film Institute Catalog of Feature Films (1941-1950), erroneously reverses the roles of Ben Carter and Mantan Moreland. IMDb lists them correctly. Ben is Sam, Mantan is Rusty. 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

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 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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An excellent leading man (Nolan) and good production values make for a fun detective comedy.
25 August 2013 | by secondtakeSee all my reviews

Dressed to Kill (1941)

There are several movies by this name, and this is one of the lesser of them, a comic detective yarn with an improbable murder and some fun settings. Key to its success--because it isn't half bad--is the leading man, Lloyd Nolan, who has an ease and likability that makes his scenes fun to watch. And he's in every minute of the movie.

This is one of a series of Michael Shayne movies (that's the detective's name), and the first seven of the thirteen movie versions star Nolan. It says something that I'd be willing to see another, for sure. But I think this is a television level drama (before t.v., but that kind of budget and level of intensity). These aren't like the great detective movies of the 30s and 40s, and not a bit like the noirs of the 40s and 50s, just to be clear.

One of the surprising high points is the script--very witty, and unrelentingly clever. Nice

Expect very good production values, a decent supporting cast, and a kind of over-convoluted Agatha Christie kind of plot with lots of characters that are really hard to get to know in just over an hour. In the big picture these are a little like the Sherlock Holmes or the Mr. Wong movies with Boris Karloff. Fun, but no great shakes.


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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 »

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Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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