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The Inner Circle (1946)

A private detective finds himself with a perfect new secretary. But after a notorious gossip columnist turns up murdered, she may prove too good to be true.

Director:

Philip Ford (as Phil Ford)

Writers:

Dorrell McGowan (screenplay), Stuart E. McGowan (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Adele Mara ... Geraldine Travis - alias Gerry Smith
Warren Douglas ... Johnny Strange
William Frawley ... Det. Lt. Webb
Ricardo Cortez ... Duke York
Virginia Christine ... Rhoda Roberts
Ken Niles Ken Niles ... Ken - Radio Announcer
Will Wright ... Henry Boggs
Dorothy Adams ... Emma Wilson
Martha Montgomery ... Anne Travis Lowe
Edward Gargan ... Parking Ticket Cop
Fred Graham ... Duke's Henchman
Eddie Parker ... Duke's Henchman
Robert J. Wilke ... Cummings - Police Officer (as Bob Wilke)
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Storyline

Before he can finish placing his help-wanted ad over the phone, the perfect candidate shows up at the office of Johnny Strange and fills the position of secretary without even giving Johnny a chance to say yes. She immediately takes the call from a new client, a mysterious woman with a Spanish accent. When Johnny meets her, the client is dressed all in black and wearing a heavy veil that conceals her face. She takes him to a house with a corpse lying in it, and asks him to take care of it. Before Johnny can call the police she knocks him unconscious with a bookend. He wakes up to see Det. Lt. Webb, who tells him the dead man is a notorious gossip columnist with a popular radio program. A nightclub manager, a singer, a housekeeper, a hard-of-hearing groundskeeper and two beautiful blondes are among the whos who may have done it. Written by J. Spurlin

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Film-Noir | Mystery

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 August 1946 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Twisted Circle See more »

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Production Co:

Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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[first lines]
Johnny Strange: [over the phone] Hello, this is Johnny Strange of Action Incorporated. No, not Strange Action Incorporated. Johnny Strange *of* Action Incorporated. Yeah. I want to place an ad in the Help Wanted Female. Mm-hm. Wanted: secretary to human dynamo. Exclamation point. Must be blonde, beautiful, between 22 and 28, unmarried, with a skin you love to touch and a heart you can't.
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Moderately entertaining twist on a standard genre
8 November 2007 | by HandlinghandelSee all my reviews

This is a romantic, comic mystery. Warner Brothers turned out a lot of these in the thirties and early forties. Jane Wyman was often the girl.

Here, we have several girls. We have the secretary who appears out of nowhere. She works for a private investigator, Johnny Strange. (Was there another noun that could be added to Johnny to make a name for a movie character in that decade?) Then there's the mysterious veiled woman who calls for his services. Then there's Virginia Christine (Mrs. Olson of the coffee commercials a few decades later.) She sings in a club. Then there's ... OK: No more about the plot.

That excellent and durable actor Ricardo Cortez somehow found himself at Republic. He turns in a variation on his usual cynical, suave performance. It's not his worst, either. But he is fourth-billed, below William Frawley, who plays a cop. And Adele Mara gets top billing.

It's fun to watch. It could very easily have been better but it isn't terrible.


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