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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.

Director:

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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Sound Mix:

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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A fantastic crime is committed on the basis of a dream.
21 April 2018 | by clanciaiSee all my reviews

It's unusual to see Dorothy Lamour in a serious role as a victim with a fatherless child, outcast at the mercy of deceivers and crooks. Dan Duryea is more abominable than ever, his name on the list is enough to prepare you for a grim session of hatred of his person, while the other characters are actually rather comical, especially Art Smith as detective Dawson. It's really the comic traits that save the film. Sterling Hayden is always good and here as an insurance agent, while the murder case is intriguing enough.

A well off author keeps dreaming about killing his awful wife, his dreams are so disturbing that he goes to a psychiatrist, who advises him to take enough sleeping pills to be knocked off. In his dreams he beats her to death with a perfume bottle while she is taking off her multi fortune jewels, and while he is knocked off his wife is actually murdered in that very way and her jewels stolen. The only certain thing about the murder is that her husband didn't do it since he was knocked off.

It's an interesting intrigue that keeps your interest growing until things get off hand towards the end, when Dan Duryea runs off the rails and makes a mess of his own perfect set-up. It's not a great noir or thriller, but it certainly is odd and original and worth seeing at least once, mainly for the police comedy. The music is very good.


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