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Detective Kitty O'Day (1944)

Approved | | Comedy, Mystery, Romance | 13 May 1944 (USA)
A girl and her boyfriend are suspected of murdering her employer. They have to clear their names and find the real killer.


William Beaudine


Tim Ryan (screenplay), Victor Hammond (screenplay) | 1 more credit »


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Cast overview:
Jean Parker ... Kitty O'Day
Peter Cookson ... Johnny Jones
Tim Ryan ... Inspector Clancy
Veda Ann Borg ... Mrs. Wentworth
Edward Gargan ... Mike (as Ed Gargan)
Douglas Fowley ... Harry Downs
Pat Gleason Pat Gleason ... Taxi Driver
Olaf Hytten Olaf Hytten ... Butler
Edward Earle ... Wentworth
Herbert Heyes ... Attorney Robert Jeffers


A girl and her boyfriend are suspected of murdering her employer. They have to clear their names and find the real killer.

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A Glamorous Sleuth...ON A MAN HUNT! See more »


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Release Date:

13 May 1944 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Accusing Corpse See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Monogram Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


This film was first telecast in New York City Tuesday 10 August 1948 on WCBS (Channel 2), in Detroit Tuesday 9 November 1948 on WJBK (Channel 2), in Chicago Tuesday 7 December 1948 on WBKB (Channel 4), in Los Angeles Tuesday 1 March 1949 on KTLA (Channel 5), and in Syracuse NY Wednesday 27 July 1949 on WHEN (Channel 8). See more »


The view out of Mrs. Wentworth's and Harry Down's apartment windows are the same - the Subway Terminal Building at 417 South Hill Street in Los Angeles - even though their apartments are across the hall from each other. See more »


Followed by Adventures of Kitty O'Day (1945) See more »

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Sublimely silly slapdash mystery-comedy
20 June 2014 | by csteidlerSee all my reviews

Jean Parker is fast-talking Kitty O'Day, a spunky secretary who sets out to solve a murder. Peter Cookson tries to keep up as Johnny Jones, the boyfriend who assists in her investigation. Together they track a murderer….but they have a couple of problems: 1) more dead bodies keep turning up, and 2) the cops think they did it.

Tim Ryan, who co-wrote the script, has many of the funniest lines as wise-cracking police detective Clancy. (Finding Kitty and Johnny in a room with yet another dead body: ""The butler! Every time I see you with somebody, they're dead.") Edward Gargan is also fun as the usual dumb assistant cop who goes through the picture saying "Yes, Chief." B movie regulars Douglas Fowley and Veda Ann Borg are also along for the ride.

The plot isn't much, and the situations are all pretty familiar….hiding behind apartment furniture, sneaking out on a window ledge, stumbling over dead bodies in the dark—all the usual dangers and dilemmas are here.

However, it's all done in such good humor! It looks like they slapped together a few sets, glanced through the script, and shot it with no rehearsal, just kind of seeing how it would turn out—and having a great time. It's sloppy and goofy—but somehow it clicks in a way few of these B comedies manage to do.

The enthusiastic cast is apparently the key. Led by Parker, the whole gang roar through the proceedings with great gusto. It won't make you think, but it's lots of fun.

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