Dressed to Kill

Overview

The fourth of 20th Century-Fox's "Michael Shayne" mysteries finds private detective Shayne (Lloyd Nolan) anxiously preparing for his long-delayed marriage to showgirl Joanne La Mar (Mary Beth Hughes). Alas, Mike's pre-nuptual tete-a-tete with Joanne is interrupted by the sound of a scream. Rushing into a well-appointed hotel room, Shayne finds Emily the maid (Virginia Brissac) trembling beside the dead bodies of a washed-up Broadway producer and a faded stage actress. Noodling around the room a bit, our hero ...
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Overview

The fourth of 20th Century-Fox's "Michael Shayne" mysteries finds private detective Shayne (Lloyd Nolan) anxiously preparing for his long-delayed marriage to showgirl Joanne La Mar (Mary Beth Hughes). Alas, Mike's pre-nuptual tete-a-tete with Joanne is interrupted by the sound of a scream. Rushing into a well-appointed hotel room, Shayne finds Emily the maid (Virginia Brissac) trembling beside the dead bodies of a washed-up Broadway producer and a faded stage actress. Noodling around the room a bit, our hero discovers that both murder victims had participated in a popular musical comedy some 25 years earlier. A souvenir program from that production provides a lengthy list of potential suspects, sending Shayne off on another clue-hunting expedition, while Joanne fusses and fumes in her apartment. Hired by two of the suspects, Phyllis Lathrop (Mae Beatty) and Julian Davis (Henry Daniell), to locate the real murderer, Mike has a high old time confounding police inspector Pierson (William Demarest) and reconstructing the crime with the reluctant aid of janitors Rusty (Ben Carter) and Sam (Mantan Moreland). This time around, however, Mike is just as surprised as the audience when the "mystery killer" is revealed, and for a few anxious moments it looks like curtains for Mr. Shayne. A dizzying blend of comedy and melodrama, Dressed to Kill benefits from a powerhouse supporting cast and the effectively moody cinematography of Glenn MacWilliams. The film was based on The Dead Take No Bows, a "Quinny Hite" mystery written by Richard Burke.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/6/2005
  • UPC: 024543202875
  • Original Release: 1941
  • Rating:

  • Source: 20th Century Fox
  • Region Code: 1
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:14:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 79,698

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Lloyd Nolan Michael Shayne
Mary Beth Hughes Joanne La Marr
Sheila Ryan Connie Earle
William Demarest Inspector Pierson
Ben Carter Rusty
Virginia Brissac Emily
Erwin Kalser Otto Kuhn
Henry Daniell Julian Davis
Dick Rich Al
Milton Parsons Max Allason
Charles Arnt Hal Brennon
Charles Trowbridge David Earle
Hamilton MacFadden Reporter
May Beatty Phyllis Lathrop
Charles Wilson Editor
Mantan Moreland Sam
Mary Beth Rogers
Technical Credits
Eugene J. Forde Director
Fred Allen Editor
Richard Burke Screenwriter
Glen MacWilliams Cinematographer
Emil Newman Musical Direction/Supervision
Manning O'Connor Screenwriter
Stanley Rauh Screenwriter
Sol Wurtzel Executive Producer, Producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Dressed to Kill
1. Main Titles [1:01]
2. Shayne's New Suit [2:10]
3. Marriage Advice [1:53]
4. Joanne [1:20]
5. Murder Melodrama [5:58]
6. Clues [1:24]
7. The Inspector and Al [2:59]
8. The Special Entrance [1:51]
9. Another Entrance [1:25]
10. Phone Call From Connie [2:09]
11. Once Aroudn the Block [3:52]
12. Rude Intrusion [2:03]
13. Backstae [4:09]
14. A Little Murder Scene [2:39]
15. Advice From Max [5:45]
16. Desiree Vance's Room [1:24]
17. Aiding and Abetting [1:44]
18. The Love Letter [2:31]
19. Avoiding the Law [2:36]
20. The Other Way Out [1:51]
21. Date With a Killer [4:09]
22. The Missing Link [2:01]
23. The Guy Behind the Door [4:18]
24. Goodby Forever/End Titles [5:08]
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