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Stage Struck (1948)

Passed | | Crime, Drama, Romance | 13 June 1948 (USA)
The police find the body of hostess Helen Howard (Wanda McKay), disposed of by petty racketeer Nick Mantee (Kane Richmond) after she was shot in his Bluejay night club by Benny Nordick (... See full summary »

Director:

William Nigh

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George Wallace Sayre (screenplay) (as George W. Sayre), Agnes Christine Johnston (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview:
Kane Richmond ... Nick Mantee
Audrey Long ... Nancy Howard
Conrad Nagel ... Police Lt. Williams
Ralph Byrd ... Police Sgt. Tom Ramey
John Gallaudet ... Benny Nordick
Anthony Warde ... Mr. Barda
Pamela Blake ... Janet Winters
Charles Trowbridge ... Police Capt. Webb
Nana Bryant ... Mrs. Howard
Selmer Jackson ... Mr. Howard
Evelyn Brent ... Miss Lloyd
Wanda McKay ... Helen Howard
Lyn Thomas ... Ruth Ames (as Jacqueline Thomas)
Wilbur Mack ... Prof. Corella
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The police find the body of hostess Helen Howard (Wanda McKay), disposed of by petty racketeer Nick Mantee (Kane Richmond) after she was shot in his Bluejay night club by Benny Nordick (John Gallaudet) because she knew too much about Mantee's rackets. Police Lieutenant Williams (Conrad Nagel) and police Sergeant Tom Ramey (Ralph Byrd) inform the dead girl's parents and sister Nancy (Audrey Long) of the run-away's death. Nancy, inpatient waiting for the police to get a solid case together, signs with the Mercer Agency operated by Nordick, training girls for an excessive sum which they work off as hostesses at the Bluejay Club. Nancy becomes a hostess at the club and after a party for Latin-American night club owner Barda (Anthony Warde), she uncovers evidence that places Helen at the club. She accuses Nick and Benny of the murder and the two mobsters realize they must do away with her. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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The Shocking True Story Of Thousands Of MISSING GIRLS! See more »

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Crime | Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 June 1948 (USA) See more »

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Monogram Pictures See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Final film of veteran director William Nigh. See more »

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Don't leave home, girls
28 October 2018 | by AAdaSCSee all my reviews

Nightclub and model agency owner John Gallaudet (Benny) defends himself when an enraged Wanda McKay (Helen Howard) pulls a gun on him in his office. In the ensuing struggle, she is shot dead. The incident is witnessed by nasty employee Kane Richmond (Nick) who uses blackmail to promote his status and become co-owner of both businesses. Gallaudet agrees to the arrangement in return for Kane's silence. The police team of Conrad Nagel (Williams) and Ralph Byrd (Ramey) try to uncover the murderer but when they don't seem to be treating things as urgently as they should be, the murdered girl's sister Audrey Long (Nancy) takes matters into her own hands.

The film is ok. Nagel entertained me the most with his moments of unconvincing acting in the style of Whit Bissell. This is evident when he delivers all the preachy stuff about 100s of girls going missing every day and the classic ending where he pretty much tells all young women to stay at home with their mums. Hilarious. I also learned how not to deliver bad news to people.

Interesting to take note of the scam in this film whereby young girls are fooled into thinking they are signing up for a course that will turn them into movie stars. In reality, they are being groomed to act as hostesses in a gentleman's club. It's your basic escort work. Pretty clever idea for whoever thought of it first. Anyway, this film presumes the murdered McKay was an innocent girl who was obviously wrongly killed. We never know the truth surrounding this and I have to admit to feeling sorry for Gallaudet during this film. He seems alright and he's no fool. Unlike Richmond.


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