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Dangerous Blondes (1943)

A crime fiction writer and his wife investigate murders that are occurring at a fashion photography studio.


Leigh Jason


Richard Flournoy (screenplay), Jack Henley (screenplay) | 1 more credit »


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Cast overview:
Allyn Joslyn ... Barry Craig
Evelyn Keyes ... Jane Craig
Edmund Lowe ... Ralph McCormick
John Hubbard ... Kirk Fenley
Anita Louise ... Julie Taylor
Frank Craven ... Inspector Joseph Clinton
Michael Duane ... Harry Duerr
Ann Savage ... Erika McCormick
William Demarest ... Detective Gatling
Hobart Cavanaugh ... Edward E. 'Pop' Philpot
Frank Sully ... Detective Joe Henderson
Robert Stanford Robert Stanford ... Jim Snyder
Lynn Merrick ... May Ralston


Mystery writer Barry Craig and his wife Jane prefer solving crimes to writing about them, and they get a chance when killings plague the fashion photography studio of Ralph McCormick. First, secretary Julie Taylor reports an attempt on her life in the photography darkroom. Then socialite Isabel Fleming is stabbed during a photo shoot. When the prime suspect apparently commits suicide, Police Inspector Joseph Clinton declares the case closed - but then there is another murder. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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IT'S Murder WITH A Wink! See more »


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Release Date:

23 September 1943 (USA) See more »

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Reckless Lady See more »

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1.37 : 1
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In 1944, stars Evelyn Keyes and Allyn Joslyn did an unofficial sequel, Strange Affair (1944), although their characters had different names. See more »


Detective Gatling: [unable to answer the quiz show question, "Who invented the machine gun?"] I know that as well as I know my own name!
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Nicely Nostalgic.
15 October 2017 | by brownskinsugarplum-42309See all my reviews

A classic and pleasantly produced film. The principle character's on screen rapport is spot on and the atmospheric sets of the various scenes throughout the movie will keep you entertained. Even with the comic relief which this film largely generates, the sense of mystery and intrigue is never too far behind. As an added touch of class. seeing Dwight Frye playing one of the hoods was great yet also bitter-sweet. Although uttering a gruff "shut up" to Ms. Keyes, in a very funny and frantic scene, he offers no dialogue, but his facial expressions in the precious rare scenes he's on screen is PRICELESS. Notably, there is an eerie and ironic side note to Frye's tie in to this movie. "Dangerous Blondes" would be his last film. He tragically died of a fatal heart attack shortly after this movie wrapped and get this, the title of the book for which this film was based was called, "If The Shroud Fits,". Also, actor Emmett Vogan who played a medical officer in this film, was a stock player in his and Dwights's early days in theater. He acted along side Frye in Denver and Spokane. Such a sobering distinction for Vogan to appear with the ill-fated Mr. Frye at not only the beginning of Dwight's career in acting, but also his final work as well.

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