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The Lady in the Morgue (1938)

Approved | | Action, Crime, Mystery | 22 April 1938 (USA)
A detective investigates the disappearance of a girl's body from the city morgue.


Otis Garrett


Jonathan Latimer (novel), Eric Taylor (screenplay) | 1 more credit »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Preston Foster ... Det. Bill Crane
Patricia Ellis ... Kathryn Courtland aka Mrs. Sam Taylor
Frank Jenks ... Doc Williams
Thomas E. Jackson ... Strom (as Thomas Jackson)
Bill Elliott ... Chauncey Courtland (as Gordon Elliott)
Roland Drew ... Sam Taylor
Barbara Pepper ... Kay Renshaw
Joe Downing Joe Downing ... Steve Collins (as Joseph Downing)
Archie Robbins ... Frankie French (as James Robbins)
Al Hill ... Spitzy
Morgan Wallace ... Layman
Brian Burke Brian Burke ... Johnson
Donald Kerr Donald Kerr ... Greening
Don Brodie Don Brodie ... Taxi Driver
Rollo Lloyd ... Coroner


Believing that the body of Alice Ross, found hanging in a disreputable hotel and pronounced as suicide by Police Lieutenant Strom (Thomas E. Jackson) and Police Inspector Layman (Morgan Wallace) might be that of wealthy Kathryn Crawford (Parricia Ellis), private detective Bill Crane (Preston Foster) and his assistant "Doc" Williams (Farnk Jenks) hurry to the scene, Shortly after their arrival, the body disappears and the morgue keeper is found killed, Strom and Layman suspect that Crane had something to do with both incidents. Before Crane gets the case unraveled, he gets knocked in the head with a bottle by a pretty blonde, arouses the ire of a jealous band leader, Sam Tayolr (Roland Drew), and traces the missing body to a cemetery and returns it to the morgue. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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DETECTIVE BILL CRANE AGAIN!...Wise-cracking around for clues...And making them fit...In a thrill-filled mystery drama! See more »


Action | Crime | Mystery


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Release Date:

22 April 1938 (USA) See more »

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Aventura Cavalheiresca See more »

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Universal Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


In 1937, Universal entered into a deal with Crime Club, a publisher of popular pulp mysteries, allowing it to select up to four of its books annually for production as B-pictures. The Crime Club series was produced by Irving Starr. This was the third of eleven novels produced under the deal. See more »


Followed by The Last Warning (1938) See more »

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Third Crime Club from Universal
12 December 2013 | by kevinolzakSee all my reviews

1938's "The Lady in the Morgue" was the third Crime Club from Universal, and the second to feature Preston Foster as Detective Bill Crane, with Frank Jenks as his sidekick Doc Williams. An attractive blonde suicide disappears from the morgue, with Crane, on assignment to identify the missing corpse, under suspicion for the murder of the morgue attendant; meanwhile, Chauncey Courtland ('Wild Bill' Elliott) is searching for his missing sister, and two different gangsters are putting the squeeze on Crane, each one hoping his girl isn't the missing blonde. Considering all the subplots going on things wrap up nicely, moving at a fast clip, with witty wisecracks galore, particularly when Crane is told to go down to the morgue: "think they'll take me?" Guaranteed to keep one guessing, and easily the best of the 3 Crane titles (preceded by "The Westland Case," followed by "The Last Warning"). The next Crime Club would be "Danger on the Air."

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