- Murder at the Vanities
Murder at the Vanities Directed by Mitchell Leisen Produced by E. Lloyd Sheldon (uncredited) Written by Carey Wilson
Sam Hellman (dialogue)
Jack Cunningham (uncredited)
Earl Carroll (play)
Rufus King (play)
Music by Howard Jackson (uncredited)
William E. Lynch (uncredited)
Milan Roder (uncredited)
Cinematography Leo Tover Editing by William Shea (uncredited) Studio Paramount Pictures Release date(s) 21 May 1934 Running time 89 min Country USA Language English
Murder at the Vanities (1934) is a musical film based on the 1933 Broadway musical with music by Victor Young, made in the pre-Code era, and released by Paramount Pictures. It was directed by Mitchell Leisen, stars Carl Brisson, Jack Oakie, Kitty Carlisle, Gertrude Michael, Toby Wing, and Jessie Ralph. Duke Ellington and his Orchestra are featured in the elaborate finale number.
The film is primarily a musical, based on Earl Carroll's long-running Broadway revue Earl Carroll's Vanities, combined with a murder mystery. Songs featured in the film by Arthur Johnston and Sam Coslow include "Cocktails for Two" sung by Brisson, "Marahuana" sung by Michael, "Where Do They Come From (and Where Do They Go)" sung by Carlisle, and "Ebony Rhapsody" by Ellington. In the film, Lucille Ball, Ann Sheridan, and Virginia Davis had small roles as chorines.
It was released on DVD (as part of a six disc set entitled "Pre-Code Hollywood Collection") on April 7, 2009.
Films directed by Mitchell Leisen 1930sCradle Song (1933) · Death Takes a Holiday (1934) · Murder at the Vanities (1934) · Behold My Wife (1934) · Four Hours to Kill! (1935) · Hands Across the Table (1935) · Thirteen Hours by Air (1936) · The Big Broadcast of 1937 (1936) · Swing High, Swing Low (1937) · Easy Living (1937) · The Big Broadcast of 1938 (1938) · Artists and Models Abroad (1938) · Midnight (1939) 1940sRemember the Night (1940) · Arise, My Love (1940) · I Wanted Wings (1941) · Hold Back the Dawn (1941) · The Lady is Willing (1942) · Take a Letter, Darling (1942) · No Time for Love (1943) · Lady in the Dark (1944) · Frenchman's Creek (1944) · Practically Yours (1944) · Kitty (1945) · Masquerade in Mexico (1945) · To Each His Own (1946) · Suddenly, It's Spring (1947) · Golden Earrings (1947) · Dream Girl (1948) · Bride of Vengeance (1949) · Song of Surrender (1949) 1950s
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