Murder At The Vanities

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Kitty Carlisle, Jack Oakie and Victor McLaglen star in Murder at the Vanitites, an artfully crafted Pre-Code musical comedy and murder mystery. An opening night of a new musical leads to real behind-the-scenes drama when the play's leading lady (Carlisle)... read more

Kitty Carlisle, Jack Oakie and Victor McLaglen star in Murder at the Vanitites, an artfully crafted Pre-Code musical comedy and murder mystery. An opening night of a new musical leads to real behind-the-scenes drama when the play's leading lady (Carlisle) is the target of a brutal murder plot. Producer Jack Ellery (Oakie) hires detective Bill Murdock (McLaglen) to solve the crime and chase down a murderer while staying out of the spotlight.

Original Release

05/18/1934

Cast

Duke Ellington Himself (as Duke Ellington's Orchestra)
Jack Oakie Jack Ellery
Kitty Carlisle Ann Ware
Victor McLaglen Bill Murdock
Gertrude Michael Rita Ross
Carl Brisson Eric Lander
Dorothy Stickney Norma Watson
Jessie Ralph Mrs. Helene Smith
Charles Middleton Homer Boothby (as Charles B. Middleton)
Gail Patrick Sadie Evans
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Mitchell Leisen

Writers

Carey Wilson, Joseph Gollomb, Earl Carroll, Rufus King, Sam Hellman, Jack Cunningham

Cast

Duke Ellington Himself (as Duke Ellington's Orchestra)
Jack Oakie Jack Ellery
Kitty Carlisle Ann Ware
Victor McLaglen Bill Murdock
Gertrude Michael Rita Ross
Carl Brisson Eric Lander
Dorothy Stickney Norma Watson
Jessie Ralph Mrs. Helene Smith
Charles Middleton Homer Boothby (as Charles B. Middleton)
Gail Patrick Sadie Evans
Donald Meek Dr. Saunders
Toby Wing Nancy
Lucille Ball Earl Carroll Girl (uncredited)
Alan Ladd Chorus Boy (uncredited)
Dave O'Brien Chorus Boy (uncredited)
Dennis O'Keefe Chorus Boy (uncredited)
Ann Sheridan Lou - Earl Carroll Girl (uncredited)
Duke Ellington Orchestra Duke Ellington's Orchestra

Producers

Editors

William Shea

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