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Manhandled (1949)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 21 July 1949 (USA)
The secretary to a phony psychiatrist finds herself caught up in the murder of a patient's wife and realizes that her life is also in danger.

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Lewis R. Foster

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Lewis R. Foster (screenplay), Whitman Chambers (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Dorothy Lamour ... Merl Kramer
Sterling Hayden ... Joe Cooper
Dan Duryea ... Karl Benson
Irene Hervey ... Ruth / Mrs. Alton Bennet
Phillip Reed ... Guy Bayard
Harold Vermilyea ... Dr. Redman
Alan Napier ... Alton Bennet
Art Smith ... Detective Lt. Bill Dawson
Irving Bacon ... Sgt. Fayle
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Merle Kramer works as a stenographer for a psychiatrist. She is casually dating Karl Benson, a private eye and former cop. Merle mentions in passing that one of her boss's patients is an author with recurring dreams of murdering his wife, and she includes the fact that the wife owns valuable jewels. When the wife is found murdered in a manner identical to that of her husband's dream, the husband is naturally the prime suspect. But as the investigation of the police and insurance investigator Joe Cooper proceeds, it turns out that several people in the case, including Merle, are not what they seem. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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The story of a smiling "Lady Killer" who knew how to "handle" women!

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Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 July 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Man Who Stole a Dream See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Star Dorothy Lamour, in her autobiography, described working with George Reeves in the role of the insurance investigator, despite the fact that this role was played by Sterling Hayden. See more »

Quotes

Det. Dawson: I've never known a congenital wise-guy yet that didn't outsmart himself.
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Referenced in Remington Steele: Cast in Steele (1984) See more »

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Manhandled (1949)
3 January 2012 | by MartinTellerSee all my reviews

A woman gets murdered and her jewels are missing... with a heaping handful of likely suspects, the cops and the insurance investigator have their work cut out for them. The crackerjack script is skillful at doling out information in a series of intriguing twists and turns, with a lot of clever details. It's also laced with some humor, some of it doesn't work but a lot of it does. Dan Duryea does what he does best as the sleazy parasite of a private dick, Sterling Hayden plays it a little shabbier than usual as the insurance man, and Art Smith has an enjoyable turn as the homicide detective. Dorothy Lamour falls a little short but it's not a very meaty role. There's a lot of nice little bits of business and a cynical, seedy edge that occasionally cuts through the more light-hearted nature of the film. A fun little movie.


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