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Murder at the Vanities Details


The Earl Carroll Vanities, a popular Broadway revue of the 1930s and '40s, is the setting for this murder mystery interspersed with an assortment of variety acts, including [[Performer~P88854~Duke Ellington~dukeellington]] performing "Ebony Rhapsody" and a novelty number called "Marijuana." [[Performer~P47783~Victor McLaglen~victormclaglen]] stars as Bill Murdock, a detective investigating a series of murders during the opening night of a new edition of the Vanities. When private detective Sadie Evans ([[Performer~P55394~Gail Patrick~gailpatrick]]) is found murdered, Murdock must investigate between musical numbers to find the killer. When Rita Rose ([[Performer~P48833~Gertrude Michael~gertrudemichael]]) next turns up dead, Murdock concludes young ingenue Ann Ware ([[Performer~P10971~Kitty Carlisle~kittycarlisle]]) is the next person marked for death. Murdock has to find the murderer before the ending of the show or else he or she could disappear in the departing crowd of theatergoers. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi

  • Release date:May 18, 1934


Carl Brisson
as Eric Lander
Victor McLaglen
as Bill Murdock
Jack Oakie
as Jack Ellery
Kitty Carlisle
as Anne Ware
Gertrude Michael
as Rita Ross
Dorothy Stickney
as Norma Watson
Gail Patrick
as Sadie Evans
Jessie Ralph
as Mrs. Helen Smith
Charles B. Middleton
as Homer Boothby
Donald Meek
as Dr. Saunders
Dorothy White
as Dancer
Cecil Weston
as Miss Bernstein
Stanley Blystone
as Policeman
Charles McAvoy
as Ben
Ann Sheridan
as Lou
Otto Hoffman
as Walsh
Colin Tapley
as Stage Manager
Teru Shimada


Mitchell Leisen
Sam Hellman
Rufus King
Play Author
Carey Wilson
Leo Tover
Arthur Johnston
Composer (Music Score)