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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 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

For scenes in Inspector Pierson's office there is a lot of reverberation, particularly when William Demarest shouts his lines. This lack of sound dampening reveals that the scene was shot on a large sound stage. See more »

Quotes

Michael Shayne: Ah... you'd find rust on the pearly gates.
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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 Just Off Broadway (1942) 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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26 July 2015 | by gavin6942See all my reviews

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

This was the fourth in a series of Michael Shayne detective films. The first seven were made by 20th Century Fox and starred Lloyd Nolan. The final five were made by Producers Releasing Corporation (PRC) and starred Hugh Beaumont. There were also three radio shows (1944–1953) and a television series (1960–1961) based on the Michael Shayne character.

Interesting racial stereotypes, with Otto Han as a Japanese servant with poor English skills and the humorous Mantan Moreland (who was in "King of the Zombies" this same year).


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