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The Case of the Baby Sitter (1947)

Passed | | Short, Comedy, Crime | 26 July 1947 (USA)
Jewel thieves, operating under the guises of a Duke and a Duchess, hire the Ace Detective Agency, run by Russ Ashton, to baby sit an infant they have kidnapped and are using as a blind. A ... See full summary »

Director:

Lambert Hillyer

Writers:

Carl K. Hittleman (screenplay), Ande Lamb (screenplay) (as Andy Lamb) | 1 more credit »
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Complete credited cast:
Tom Neal ... Russ Ashton
Pamela Blake ... Susan 'Susie' Hart
Allen Jenkins ... Howard 'Harvard' Quinlan
Virginia Sale ... Veronica Hoopler
Keith Richards ... Silk
Lona Andre ... Maxine
Crane Whitley Crane Whitley ... Charlie Moore
Tom Kennedy ... Police Officer Murphy
Eddie Kane Eddie Kane ... Diamonds (as Ed Kane)
George Meeker ... Phil Russell, alias the Duke
Bill Kennedy ... Homicide Lt. MacGruder
Rebel Randall ... Mamie Russell, alias the Duchess
Joseph De La Cruz ... The Kidnapped Baby
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Jewel thieves, operating under the guises of a Duke and a Duchess, hire the Ace Detective Agency, run by Russ Ashton, to baby sit an infant they have kidnapped and are using as a blind. A rival gang of thieves dope the detective sitter, Harvard Quinlan, and make off with a stolen and valuable diamond. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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MURDER STALKED THE NURSERY---WITH DIAMOND AS THE PAY-OFF! (original poster-all caps) See more »

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Short | Comedy | Crime | Mystery

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 July 1947 (USA) See more »

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Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Follows The Hat Box Mystery (1947) See more »

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Thin, fast, silly, curious. Not a total wash, but close.
3 March 2010 | by secondtakeSee all my reviews

The Case of the Baby Sitter (1947)

Wow, a 41 minute film noir? Not really. Yes, it's 41 minutes, thankfully. A cardboard movie with a weirdly complicated plot. It had potential. John Huston could have made it a gem, no pun intended, but B-movie director Lambert Hillyer keeps it silly and fast. The main problem is an intention from scene one to be entertaining, so there are goofy jokes and bad guys who aren't really very scary.

So, why watch this film? For Lona Andre and her famously pretty face? Or for Tom Neal and his cutely handsome face, and in a very reduced role for him? (Both actors had roles in many other films like this, including together in the parallel Hat Box Mystery, some not as bad as this one.) Or maybe watch for character actor Allen Jenkins, who had some good side roles in larger films? Sure, for those really into the period. It's not horrible.

But to just watch this straight on, get on your elliptical and let it happen. As short as it is, it gets a little confusing, with many of the characters taking on roles within their roles--the jewel thieves are pretending to be a rich couple incognito, the club owner is an ex-con, and even the babysitter (Jenkins) is dressed up, fairly incidentally, in someone else's clothes. If you can watch closely, the plot and its intentional twists have potential. The movie has the flavor of the times, made lighthearted, which is always enjoyable for us fans of noir. But there is little else. Except a smile at the end.


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