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The Inner Circle (1946)

Approved | | Film-Noir, Mystery | 7 August 1946 (USA)
A private detective finds himself with a perfect new secretary. But after a notorious gossip columnist turns up murdered, she may prove too good to be true.

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Philip Ford (as Phil Ford)

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Dorrell McGowan (screenplay), Stuart E. McGowan (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Complete credited cast:
Adele Mara ... Geraldine Travis - alias Gerry Smith
Warren Douglas ... Johnny Strange
William Frawley ... Det. Lt. Webb
Ricardo Cortez ... Duke York
Virginia Christine ... Rhoda Roberts
Ken Niles Ken Niles ... Ken - Radio Announcer
Will Wright ... Henry Boggs
Dorothy Adams ... Emma Wilson
Martha Montgomery ... Anne Travis Lowe
Edward Gargan ... Parking Ticket Cop
Fred Graham ... Duke's Henchman
Eddie Parker ... Duke's Henchman
Robert J. Wilke ... Cummings - Police Officer (as Bob Wilke)
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Before he can finish placing his help-wanted ad over the phone, the perfect candidate shows up at the office of Johnny Strange and fills the position of secretary without even giving Johnny a chance to say yes. She immediately takes the call from a new client, a mysterious woman with a Spanish accent. When Johnny meets her, the client is dressed all in black and wearing a heavy veil that conceals her face. She takes him to a house with a corpse lying in it, and asks him to take care of it. Before Johnny can call the police she knocks him unconscious with a bookend. He wakes up to see Det. Lt. Webb, who tells him the dead man is a notorious gossip columnist with a popular radio program. A nightclub manager, a singer, a housekeeper, a hard-of-hearing groundskeeper and two beautiful blondes are among the whos who may have done it. Written by J. Spurlin

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Film-Noir | Mystery

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USA

Language:

English

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7 August 1946 (USA) See more »

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Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Johnny Strange: [over the phone] Hello, this is Johnny Strange of Action Incorporated. No, not Strange Action Incorporated. Johnny Strange *of* Action Incorporated. Yeah. I want to place an ad in the Help Wanted Female. Mm-hm. Wanted: secretary to human dynamo. Exclamation point. Must be blonde, beautiful, between 22 and 28, unmarried, with a skin you love to touch and a heart you can't.
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Fast-moving murder mystery that gives its surprises away in the right places; but the humor is strained and the ending is silly
7 May 2008 | by J. SpurlinSee all my reviews

Before he can finish placing his help-wanted ad over the phone, the perfect candidate shows up at the office of Johnny Strange and fills the position of secretary without even giving Johnny a chance to say yes. She immediately takes the call from a new client, a mysterious woman with a Spanish accent. When Johnny meets her, the client is dressed all in black and wearing a heavy veil that conceals her face. She takes him to a house with a corpse lying in it, and asks him to take care of it. Before Johnny can call the police she knocks him unconscious with a bookend. He wakes up to see Det. Lt. Webb, who tells him the dead man is a notorious gossip columnist with a popular radio program. A nightclub manager, a singer, a housekeeper, a hard-of-hearing groundskeeper and two beautiful blondes are among the whos who may have done it.

"The Inner Circle" moves fast and gives away its surprises in the right places, helping us to ignore the strained humor and a silly twist on the usual gathering-the-suspects-into-a-room ending. Adele Mara and Warren Douglas are okay as the leads, but they're outshone by the supporting cast, especially William Frawley as the tough but even-tempered lieutenant and Will Wright as the old sneak who is probably pretending to be more deaf than he is.


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