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Quiet Please: Murder (1942)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 19 March 1943 (USA)
Book thief/forger sells a fake book to a Nazi through a female agent. A detective tries to uncover who the forger is and gets in the middle of a three way struggle for rare books and revenge in a public library.

Director:

John Francis Larkin (as John Larkin)

Writers:

John Francis Larkin (screenplay) (as John Larkin), Lawrence G. Blochman (story "Death From the Sanskrit")
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Complete credited cast:
George Sanders ... Jim Fleg
Gail Patrick ... Myra Blandy
Richard Denning ... Hal McByrne
Lynne Roberts ... Kay Ryan
Sidney Blackmer ... Martin Cleaver
Kurt Katch ... Eric Pahsen
Margaret Brayton Margaret Brayton ... Miss Oval
Charles Tannen ... Hollis
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Storyline

Jim Fleg (George Sanders), a ruthless, egotistical criminal, steals a priceless Shakespeare folio from the public library, killing a guard during the crime. With his partner, Myra Blandy (Gail Patrick), Fleg forges and sells copies of the folio to unscrupulous collectors. Hal McByrne (Richard Denning), a tough, unrelenting detective traces several of the forgeries back to Myra. She and Fled plot to eliminate McBryne at the scene of the original crime---the public library. In the meantime, a buyer of one of the forgeries is demanding his money back--or else---and trails Myra and Fleg to the library. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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THey had love in their hearts...and murder on their hands! (original print ad) See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 March 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Death from the Sanskrit See more »

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Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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In the opening scenes, a "silenced" pistol is fired making very little noise. But the pistol is a revolver, and silencers work only on semi-automatic pistols. See more »

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Solid Early Noir With Great Turns for Sanders and Patrick
2 April 2017 | by secragtSee all my reviews

This was a perfect vehicle for self-professed cad George Sanders and he found a gal more than his match in cold blooded Gail Patrick here. They share some surprisingly frank and witty badinage about criminal psychology along with their mutual oily distaste for humanity which transcends the occasionally breezier aspects of this quasi noir and gives it a nicely crusted edge. The movie veers back and forth between crime drama and something a bit lighter but overall, it hits a lot of good notes and has dated surprisingly better than many far more famous movies from the same era. The library antics are amusing enough, but the real selling point of this movie is Sanders, whose effortless cool is right up there near his best and far more recognized roles.


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