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The Lucky Stiff (1949)

Approved | | Comedy, Crime | 26 May 1949 (USA)
Semi-successful lawyer John Malone is intrigued by local night club singer Anna Marie St. Clair. After meeting her at the club, he is present when her boss (and more?) is killed, and she is... See full summary »

Director:

Lewis R. Foster

Writers:

Lewis R. Foster (screenplay), Craig Rice (novel)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dorothy Lamour ... Anna Marie St. Claire
Brian Donlevy ... John J. Malone
Claire Trevor ... Marguerite Seaton
Irene Hervey ... Mrs. Eve Childers
Marjorie Rambeau ... Hattie Hatfield
Robert Armstrong ... Insp. Von Flanagan
Warner Anderson ... Eddie Britt
Virginia Patton ... Millie Dale
Richard Gaines ... Dist. Atty. John Logan
Joe Sawyer ... Tony
Larry J. Blake ... Louie Perez (as Larry Blake)
Billy Vine Billy Vine ... Joe Di Angelo
Bob Hopkins Bob Hopkins ... MacDougal
Sidney Miller ... Bernstein
Charles Meredith ... Jim Childers aka Big Jim
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Semi-successful lawyer John Malone is intrigued by local night club singer Anna Marie St. Clair. After meeting her at the club, he is present when her boss (and more?) is killed, and she is arrested for the crime. Sentenced to death, Malone and his faithful secretary set out to find the real murderer, who is probably also responsible for a protection racket Malone is investigating. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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Comedy | Crime

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Trivia

The Lucky Stiff was produced by famous comedian Jack Benny, the only feature film he ever produced, through his production company, Amusement Enterprises. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Quicksand (1950) See more »

Soundtracks

LONELINESS
Music by Victor Young
Lyrics by Ned Washington
Sung by Dorothy Lamour
Staged by Eddie Prinz (as Edward Prinz)
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Well......
12 August 2012 | by searchanddestroy-1See all my reviews

I know that Lewis R Foster is not a film noir specialist, but rather a adventure or western one. Look for instance CROSSWINDS, CAPTAIN CHINA, LAST OUTPOST or EL PASO and so on...

As film noirs, I saw ARMORED CAR, CRASHOUT, MANHANDLED, and I was not disappointed. This film is not really a crime movie, but a mix up of crime, comedy or drama with a light touch. But not charmless. Typically from the late 40's, it should please many of the film buffs. rare stuff too. The playing is quite good, but I can't consider it as an unforgettable movie.

I guess Lewis R Foster made some more films like this, not westerns or adventures. Petty dramas or comedies. I only know he never directed sci fi flicks.

Well, after all, why not watching this one...


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

26 May 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Det lyckliga liket See more »

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