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Glamorous starlet Vicky Lynn (Carole Landis) is murdered, and the cops want to pin the killing on her manager, fast-talking Frankie Christopher (Victor Mature). But the more Vicky's sensible sister, Jill (Betty Grable), finds out about Frankie, the less she suspects him of the crime. As Jill and Frankie fall in love, the detective in charge of the case (Laird Cregar) develops a morbid obsession with punishing Frankie, leading to a shocking conclusion.

Release Date

November 14, 1941

Running Time

82 minutes

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Betty Grable

Betty Grable

Victor Mature

Victor Mature

Carole Landis

Carole Landis

Laird Cregar

Laird Cregar


Director H. Bruce Humberstone

Screenplay Dwight Taylor, Steve Fisher

Producer Milton Sperling

Cinematography Edward Cronjager

Editing Robert L. Simpson

Music Cyril J. Mockridge

Distributor 20th Century Fox

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