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I'll Sell My Life (1941)

Approved | | Action, Crime, Drama | 12 September 1941 (USA)
As Freddie and Lugger, employees of Bovhini, are waiting in the parking lot of the Club Sirocco for Ruth Parmelee, they see a woman accost Ruth and then shoot her and speed away in a car. ... See full summary »

Director:

Elmer Clifton

Writers:

Walter Ripperger (story), George Rosener (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Rose Hobart ... Dale Layden (Mary Jones)
Michael Whalen ... Mordecai Breen
Stanley Fields ... Bochini
Joan Woodbury ... Valencia Duncan
Roscoe Ates ... Happy Hogan
Richard Bond ... Albert Darnell
Ben Taggart ... Police Lt. Hammer
Robert Regent Robert Regent ... Philip Leyden
Paul Maxey Paul Maxey ... Grady
Munro Brown Munro Brown ... Freddie
Robert Walker ... Lugger
Eduardo Durant Eduardo Durant ... Eddie, Orchestra Leader
Frances Morris ... Annie Winterbottom
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As Freddie and Lugger, employees of Bovhini, are waiting in the parking lot of the Club Sirocco for Ruth Parmelee, they see a woman accost Ruth and then shoot her and speed away in a car. Bochini, who has loved Ruth, vows revenge. Mordecai Breen is devoting his life to welfare work among the city's needy, and publishes a small newspaper called "The Friend in Need," assisted by his former prize fighter friend, Happy Hogan. An advertisement headed "I'll Buy Your Life" appears in the paper and Breen decides to investigate. At the address given, the swanky Alhambra Arms apartments, Breen learns that the advertiser is Alfred Darnell, an orchestra leader and writer of detective stories. A number of girls answer the ad, but Dale Leyden, after being interviewed by Darnell and Velencia Duncan, is the successful applicant. As she leaves, Breen tells her that if she should find herself in the need of any assistance, to let him know. Dale tells her blind musician brother Philip that an uncle who ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Action | Crime | Drama | Mystery

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 September 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Some Call It Murder See more »

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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This film received its earliest documented telecast Saturday 8 July 1944 on New York City's pioneer television station WNBT (Channel 1). In Detroit it first aired Friday 5 November 1948 on freshly launched WJBK (Channel 2), and in Los Angeles Friday 30 December 1949 on KTTV (Channel 11). See more »

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Excellent Idea For A Story
22 September 2019 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Rose Hobart needs money for an operation for her brother. She feels responsible for his blindness. When an advertisement appears in Michael Whelan's paper, headlined "I'll sell my life", she takes up the offer: to confess to a murder committed by Joan Woodbury, and be hanged for it. She collects enough money for the operation and is promised more, so she asks Whelan, who is also a lawyer, to be her executor. When she's dead, if the money is given to him, to deliver it and destroy the enclosed letter. If not, to deliver the letter. However, the dead woman was gangster Stanley Fields' girlfriend, and he wants to know what's in the letter.

It's a terrific idea for a story, with a pretty good cast -- it was the last movie Fields made. Some of the dialogue is pretty clunky, though, and Elmer Clifton's direction is not what you'd call sparkling. Clifton had been an actor and Assistant Director for D.W. Griffith, and had done some nice work in the 1920s. However, like a lot of promising directors, talkies had hit him like a brick. After 1929, he didn't direct another movie for four years, and his next after that was in 1935. He had retreated into Poverty Row B movies, mostly horse operas. He was still toiling away in the lower parts of the industry when he died in 1949, aged 59.


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