Nine Lives Are Not Enough (1941)

63-64 mins | Mystery | 20 September 1941

Writer:

Fred Niblo Jr.

Producer:

Bryan Foy

Cinematographer:

Ted McCord

Editor:

Doug Gould

Production Designer:

Stanley Fleischer

Production Company:

Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
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HISTORY

News items in HR report that actress Lucia Carroll was removed from the production because of illness and Ben Stoloff was initially assigned as ... More Less

News items in HR report that actress Lucia Carroll was removed from the production because of illness and Ben Stoloff was initially assigned as director. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
6 Sep 1941.
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Daily Variety
3 Sep 41
p. 3.
Film Daily
4 Sep 41
p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter
27 Mar 1941.
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Hollywood Reporter
10 Jun 41
p. 10.
Hollywood Reporter
3 Sep 41
p. 9.
Motion Picture Herald
6 Sep 1941.
---
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
6 Sep 41
p. 245.
New York Times
30 Oct 41
p. 27.
Variety
3 Sep 41
p. 8.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A Warner Bros.--First National Picture
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Dial dir
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Prod
Assoc prod
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTOR
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
COSTUMES
Gowns
SOUND
MAKEUP
Makeup artist
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel Nine Lives Are Not Enough by Jerome Odlum (Dobbs Ferry, NY, 1940).
AUTHOR
DETAILS
Release Date:
20 September 1941
Production Date:
15128
Copyright Claimant:
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
20 September 1941
Copyright Number:
LP10699
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
63-64
Length(in feet):
5,652
Country:
United States
PCA No:
7456
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

After gangster Moxie Karper threatens to sue the Daily Express for libel, Matt Sawyer, the reporter who wrote the story in question, is demoted to riding with a police patrol car. When the car is called to investigate a dead body, Matt and the two policemen, Sergeant Daniels and Officer Slattery, are excited to discover that the body is that of missing millionaire Edward Abbott. Although the dead man's room is locked from the inside and there is a gun lying next to his head, Matt is convinced the man was murdered, because his hands are still in his pockets. Bolstering this conclusion is the fact that the rooming house where the body was found is next door to Karper's house. Matt calls in the scoop and is reinstated in his editor's good graces, but despite his precautions, another reporter, "Snappy" Lucas, follows the coroner into the house. To maintain his exclusive, Matt removes the distributor caps from all the cars and convinces Roy Slocum, the landlady's retarded son, to tie up the phone lines. When Abbott's daughter Jane and his partner, Colonel Andrews, arrive to identify the body, Matt asks them to help prove that he did not commit suicide. Matt grows suspicious of the Abbott chauffeur, Charles, who seems to be very familiar with the Slocum house, and learns that he is an ex-convict. Jane vouches for Charles, however, adding that her father trusted him despite his record. Nonetheless, Slattery searches Charles's apartment and reports that he is clearly living beyond his means. He also finds a telephone number for Rose Chadwick, who claims to have been Abbott's ... +


After gangster Moxie Karper threatens to sue the Daily Express for libel, Matt Sawyer, the reporter who wrote the story in question, is demoted to riding with a police patrol car. When the car is called to investigate a dead body, Matt and the two policemen, Sergeant Daniels and Officer Slattery, are excited to discover that the body is that of missing millionaire Edward Abbott. Although the dead man's room is locked from the inside and there is a gun lying next to his head, Matt is convinced the man was murdered, because his hands are still in his pockets. Bolstering this conclusion is the fact that the rooming house where the body was found is next door to Karper's house. Matt calls in the scoop and is reinstated in his editor's good graces, but despite his precautions, another reporter, "Snappy" Lucas, follows the coroner into the house. To maintain his exclusive, Matt removes the distributor caps from all the cars and convinces Roy Slocum, the landlady's retarded son, to tie up the phone lines. When Abbott's daughter Jane and his partner, Colonel Andrews, arrive to identify the body, Matt asks them to help prove that he did not commit suicide. Matt grows suspicious of the Abbott chauffeur, Charles, who seems to be very familiar with the Slocum house, and learns that he is an ex-convict. Jane vouches for Charles, however, adding that her father trusted him despite his record. Nonetheless, Slattery searches Charles's apartment and reports that he is clearly living beyond his means. He also finds a telephone number for Rose Chadwick, who claims to have been Abbott's mistress. When the inquest determines that Abbott committed suicide, Matt is fired. He is still convinced that Abbott was murdered, however, and continues his investigation of Charles. Matt, Daniels and Slattery pursue Charles to Rose's, where they find her packed and ready to leave town. After she receives a threatening phone call, she admits that Charles is her husband and that she never met Abbott. Matt and Daniels rush to Charles's house, believing that he is in danger, and discover him dead in a way that suggests suicide. They return to Rose's to find Slattery unconscious in a bedroom and Rose dead, apparently having jumped from a window. Matt is convinced that Karper murdered them all. Finding Roy alone, Matt questions him, and he admits that his mother knows everything. Jane suggests that she, as a woman, is the right person to question Mrs. Slocum, and despite Matt's protests, she goes to the Slocum house. Mrs. Slocum agrees to tell Jane what she knows about the murders, and a man lurking outside the window of the house pulls out a gun, intending to stop her. Slattery, who has been staking out the house, calls Matt and Daniels, and they arrive in time to prevent the murders. The attacker escapes, but Slattery catches him, and he is revealed to be Andrews, who confesses that after he embezzled money to cover his losses in the market, Abbott threatened to expose him. Andrews then shot Abbott through a ventilator after he locked himself in the room. Andrews killed the others in order to cover up Abbott's murder. Andrews escapes, using Jane as a hostage, but is killed in an ensuing shootout. Jane buys the Express and makes her new fiancé, Matt, the managing editor. +

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