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Nine Lives Are Not Enough (1941)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | 20 September 1941 (USA)
An investigative crime reporter helps the cops solve the case of a missing tycoon who's later found dead in a cheap boarding house.

Writers:

Fred Niblo Jr. (screenplay), Jerome Odlum (from the novel by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ronald Reagan ... Matt Sawyer
Joan Perry ... Jane Abbott
James Gleason ... Sergeant Daniels
Howard Da Silva ... J.B. Murray - City Editor (as Howard da Silva)
Faye Emerson ... Rose Chadwick
Edward Brophy ... Officer Slattery
Peter Whitney ... Roy Slocum
Charles Drake ... 'Snappy' Lucas
Vera Lewis ... Mrs. Slocum
Ben Welden ... Moxie Karper
Howard Hickman ... Colonel Andrews
Cliff Clark Cliff Clark ... Lieutenant Buckley
Tom Stevenson Tom Stevenson ... Charles Sanborn - Chauffeur
Paul Phillips Paul Phillips ... Hot-Foot
Joseph Crehan ... Yates
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Storyline

Boy crusader Matt works for the Daily News and always breaks the big story. The only trouble is that he usually has the wrong information and the paper must print a retraction. But this time he thinks that he is on the right track. On patrol with his cop friends, they find the body of millionaire Edward Abbott in a cheap boarding house. It could be suicide or murder and Matt goes with murder, but the inquest goes with suicide. So Matt is out of a job, but in love with Jane and goes with his hunches - which put him in the middle of more killings. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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Reporter chases killer ... and vice-versa !

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Mystery

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 September 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Nouă vieţi nu sunt destule See more »

Filming Locations:

Hollywood, California, USA

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

First feature film to mention "television " in the dialogue. About 13 minutes into the film Ronald Reagan says the word television . See more »

Goofs

In the car chase scene Col. Andrews (Howard Hickman) is shown brandishing a revolver with a four inch barrel. Later the barrel is clearly a six inch barrel. It switches back and forth a couple of times. See more »

Quotes

Matt Sawyer: C'mon, faster faster. Give it all ya got.
Sgt. Sam Daniels: It's only a car, kid. It ain't a plane.
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Crazy Credits

The title "Nine Lives Are Not Enough" is the jumbo headline on the bundle of newspapers being opened. Then, the cast credits are boxed "adverts" on the inside pages of the paper. See more »

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Ronald Reagan Steps Lightly
7 March 2009 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

Investigative reporter Ronald Reagan (as Matt Sawyer) is at odds with his editor, and may lose his job permanently if he's wrong about a big story with dangerous gangster connections. Mr. Reagan thinks a millionaire was murdered, but officials say suicide. The dead man's daughter, pretty Joan Perry (as Jane Abbott), comes to agree with Reagan; and, the two are mutually attracted. He is finally fired, for getting the story wrong, but more murders may prove Reagan right, after all…

Reagan, who doesn't always dominate the films he is advertised as the "star" of, really lives up to his top billing, this time around. A. Edward Sutherland's "Nine Lives Are Not Enough" is an intermittently bright and funny comic murder mystery, with Reagan showing promise as a light comic; he is the movie's main asset, maintaining interest throughout an unfortunately fair feature. After this appearance, Ms. Perry took herself out of cinema circulation, for marriage with Harry Cohn.

**** Nine Lives Are Not Enough (1941) A. Edward Sutherland ~ Ronald Reagan, Joan Perry, James Gleason


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