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A Shot in the Dark (1941)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama, Mystery | 5 April 1941 (USA)
Homicide detective Bill Ryder reluctantly teams up with wise-cracking news-hound Peter Kennedy to solve a pair of murders.


William C. McGann (as William McGann)


M. Coates Webster (screenplay), Frederick Nebel (from a story by)




Cast overview, first billed only:
William Lundigan ... Peter Kennedy
Nan Wynn ... Dixie Waye
Ricardo Cortez ... Philip Richards
Regis Toomey ... William Ryder
Maris Wrixon ... Helen Armstrong
Lucia Carroll ... Clare Winters
Donald Douglas ... Roger Armstrong
Noel Madison ... Al Martin
John Gallaudet ... Schaffer
Frank Wilcox ... Naval Officer
Theodore von Eltz ... George Kilpatrick (as Theodore Von Eltz)
Lee Phelps Lee Phelps ... Blaney
Frank M. Thomas ... Klein
Emory Parnell ... Marsotti
Garrett Craig ... Connors


Phil Richards is selling his nightclub to an out-of-town buyer, and the local mob express this dissatisfaction with the arrangement. When the buyer arrives in town, he is shot and killed. Richards' friends, homicide detective Bill Ryder and nosy newspaperman Peter Kennedy, work on the case. Written by Ray Hamel

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Comedy | Drama | Mystery



Did You Know?


The opening building shot (model) is the same one used in City for Conquest (1940) with James Cagney. See more »


When Lieutenant Ryder goes to Phil Richards apartment and Phil introduces him to his fiance; she is holding a cigarette and pointing it up with the palm out. But on the next cut; she now has the cigarette pointing toward the Lieutenant. Then on the following cuts after that she goes back and forth between the two holding positions. See more »


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For You
Music by Joseph A. Burke
Lyrics by Al Dubin
Sung by Nan Wynn at the nightclub
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When the two main characters have to explain the case at the end of the film, you probably are best off skipping this mystery!
1 July 2020 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"A Shot in the Dark" is a slickly produced B-mystery from Warner Brothers. And, just like in his film "The Case of the Black Parrot", William Lundigan plays a smartypants newspaperman who helps the cops solve the mystery. But, unlike "Black Parrot", this later film suffers from a poor mystery...so poor that at the end of the film, the two main characters discuss the case and explain to the audience what actually happened! In other words, the film is poorly written and could have been a lot better. Imagine...watching a mystery that really makes no sense and then relying on the characters explaining what you saw! As a result, while I like a nice B-movie, here I cannot recommend it because of the Swiss cheese-like holes in the story.

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Release Date:

5 April 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

No Hard Feelings See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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