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Tall, Dark and Handsome (1941)

Approved | | Comedy, Crime | 24 January 1941 (USA)
Robin Hoodish gangster in 1929 Chicago is an object of affection, kind to New York hood and bad to a bad crook.

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Karl Tunberg (original screenplay), Darrell Ware (original screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Cesar Romero ... J.J. 'Shep' Morrison
Virginia Gilmore ... Judy Miller
Milton Berle ... Frosty Welch
Charlotte Greenwood ... Mrs. Winnie Sage
Sheldon Leonard ... Pretty Willie Williams
Stanley Clements ... Detroit Harry Morrison Jr.
Frank Jenks ... Puffy
Barnett Parker ... Quentin, the Butler
Marc Lawrence ... Louie
Paul Hurst ... Biff Sage
Frank Bruno Frank Bruno ... Chick - Driver / Gunman
Anthony Caruso ... Gunman
Marion Martin ... Dawn
Leon Belasco ... Alfredo Herrera
Charles D. Brown Charles D. Brown ... District Attorney
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Robin Hoodish gangster in 1929 Chicago is an object of affection, kind to New York hood and bad to a bad crook. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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What a man...He's a killer that doesn't kill(puzzle that out) (original poster) See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 January 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ready, Willing and Beautiful See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Betty Grable was originally set to star. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Tall, Dark and Gruesome (1948) See more »

Soundtracks

Wishful Thinking
Lyrics by Leo Robin
Music by Ralph Rainger
Copyright 1940 Twentieth Century Music Corporation
Sung by Virginia Gilmore
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No homicides, no bodies
13 February 2018 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

From 20th Century Fox's B picture unit comes this little comic gem about a gangster who couldn't kill. Cesar Romero just can't quite bring himself to rub out rival Sheldon Leonard's many torpedoes sent against him. What he has is a private jail in the basement of his large estate where he just keeps them prisoners and treated pretty well at that. No homicides, no bodies.

He's also putting on a big campaign to win Virginia Gilmore complete with housekeeper Charlotte Greenwood and borrowed son Stanley Clements. It goes in fits and starts.

Sadly though Sheldon Leonard does kill rivals, but Romero's policy pays off in the end big time. The henchmen for both get some laughs with Milton Berle as Romero's top non-trigger man and Franks Jenks and Marc Lawrence as a pair of Leonard's hoods who benefit greatly from Romero's no homcide policy.

Tall, Dark, And Handsome got a Best Original Screenplay Oscar and I will say this one is most original.


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