The Law of Contact

Manhandled (July 21, 1949)

Dorothy Lamour, Dan Duryea
 

Released on July 21, 1949: (running time 1 hour and 36 minutes) A innocent young secretary is framed for murder.

Produced by William H. Pine and William C. Thomas

Directed by Lewis R. Foster

The Actors: Dorothy Lamour (Merl Kramer, psychiatrist's secretary), Sterling Hayden (Joe Cooper, insurance investigator), Dan Duryea (Karl Benson, ex-cop private eye), Irene Hervey (Ruth / Mrs. Alton Bennet), Phillip Reed (Guy Bayard, architect), Harold Vermilyea (Doctor Redman, psychiatrist), Alan Napier (Alton Bennet, author), Art Smith (Police Detective Lieutenant Bill Dawson), Irving Bacon (Police Sergeant Fayle), Benny Baker (Boyd, man in apartment house lobby), Stanley Blystone (policeman), Paul E. Burns (pawn shop owner), James Edwards (Henry, Bennet's butler), Morgan Farley (Doc, Police lab guy), John George (newspaper vendor), George Humbert (Italian restaurant owner), Ray Hyke (Police Detective Phil Wilson), Donald Kerr (newspaper reporter), Keye Luke (Chinese laundry owner), Mary Newton (dry cleaning proprietress), Maidie Norman (Christine, Bennet's maid), Garry Owen (police photographer), Rose Plumer (flower seller), Joey Ray (newspaper reporter), Lee Roberts (newspaper reporter), Dorothy Vaughan (woman in hallway), Robert B. Williams (police fingerprint man), Ian Wolf (Charlie, a fence)

 

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The Secretary without an Alibi

Dorothy Lamour is remembered mostly for her roles opposite the comedy of Bob Hope and Bing Crosby in their series of ‘Road’ pictures. She was the straight side of the jokes, and she once quipped that she was the highest paid comedy straight woman in the business.

Dorothy Lamour thought she wanted to become a famous nightclub singer before she discovered acting. Around 1930 she was the star singer in an art-deco nightclub at the 1 Fifth Avenue building in Greenwich Village. Her songs were accompanied by Julius Monk and Cy Feuer on twin pianos. One evening a young wanna-be entertainer and comedian named Bob Hope was in the audience.

During World War Two Dorothy travelled around the country raising money for war bonds, and she was so talented at getting people to buy bonds that she was nicknamed, ‘The Bond Bombshell.’ She also met Air Force Lieutenant William Ross Howard while selling war bonds, and in 1943 with the war still raging, they were married.

One Thanksgiving the couple spent the holiday in Baltimore with his family, and the entire family dined that Thanksgiving at the Belvedere Hotel restaurant. As they were enjoying their meal, a young sailor in uniform recognized the movie star and approached their table. He walked up to Dorothy Lamour and exclaimed, “Miss Lamour, I saw your last four pictures. They were terrible, and I want my dollar and sixty cents back.”

The startled star reached into her purse, handed the young sailor two dollar bills. After what must have seemed an eternity of silence as they stared at each other, Dorothy Lamour finally said, “ I’d like my forty cents change, please.”

In this dark murder thriller, Dorothy Lamour is the secretary for a psychiatrist who is counselling a man about his dreams of murdering his wife. The wife will then be murdered, and who will be framed for the murder but the beautiful young secretary. Buckle up because this story moves faster than a racing car without brakes. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.

Alan Napier
Alan Napier
Alan Napier
Alan Napier
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