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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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Cast

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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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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PUT A GUN IN HIS HANDS! PUT A GIRL IN HIS ARMS!...and it's excitement all the way! (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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Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Complex and dark
12 August 2002 | by lucy-66See all my reviews

The plot is as much of a riddle as the psychology of the two main

villains: George Sanders and the perfect noir woman. They calmly

discuss their need to fail, self-sabotage and love of punishment

and fear, namechecking Freud but in a skeptical aside. The

(blackhaired of course) girl spends most of the action in furs, high

heels and a spiky hat with a veil. (You mean that's not how you

dress to visit your local library?) Her words and actions are always

ambiguous. The library setting is played for all it is worth:

dialogues take place in rooms filled with antique furniture,

classical sculpture or old musical instruments. Sanders, seen

through the 'prison bars' created by the strings of a harp (usually

played by angels), plucks one out to use as a torture instrument.

We last see him deliberately cutting his wrists on the handcuffs

and looking forward to his execution. A routine thriller? I don't think

so. xxxx


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