Murder at the Vanities (1934) - Rotten Tomatoes

Murder at the Vanities (1934)




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This murder mystery, set backstage during a musical revue, concerns the efforts of a detective to solve a series of killings. After a fellow private eye is killed before the show, he begins to investigate the growing murder spree and must solve the case before the show ends.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Musical & Performing Arts, Mystery & Suspense, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Earl Carroll, Joseph Gollomb, Sam Hellman, Carey Wilson
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 5, 1987
MCA Universal Home Video


Carl Brisson
as Eric Lander
Victor McLaglen
as Police Lt. Bill Murd...
Jack Oakie
as Jack Ellery
Dorothy Stickney
as Norma Watson
Jessie Ralph
as Mrs. Helen Smith
Charles B. Middleton
as Homer Boothby
Gail Patrick
as Sadie Evans
Donald Meek
as Dr. Saunders
Toby Wing
as Nancy
Colin Tapley
as Stage Manager
William Arnold
as Treasurer
Cecil Weston
as Miss Bernstein
Hal Greene
as Call Boy
Betty Bethune
as Fat Charwoman
Ernestine Anderson
as Earl Carroll Girl
Marion Callahan
as Earl Carroll Girl
Dorothy Dawes
as Earl Carroll Girl
Ruth Hilliard
as Earl Carroll Girl
Constance Jordan
as Earl Carroll Girl
Evelyn Kelly
as Earl Carroll Girl
Leda Necova
as Earl Carroll Girl
Wanda Perry
as Earl Carroll Girl
Laurie Shevlin
as Earl Carroll Girl
Anya Taranda
as Earl Carroll Girl
Dave O'Brian
as Chorus Boy
Kitty Carlisle
as Anne Ware
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Critic Reviews for Murder at the Vanities

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (4)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

One of the unsung gems of pre-Code film.

Full Review… | August 14, 2013
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

The nutty tessitura of this "investigation set to music" encompasses everything from Toby Wing's giggly squeal to an astonishing blend of classicism and hot jazz

Full Review… | April 8, 2012

Audience Reviews for Murder at the Vanities


Murder mystery with a musical backdrop shows its age but has some interesting numbers in particular Duke Ellington's orchestra's production and the now infamous Marijuana number with discreetly covered but unquestionably topless showgirls. Lost in amongst the hundreds of hopeful showgirls and chorus boys are Lucille Ball, Ann Sheridan and Alan Ladd all still years away from any kind of fame and hard to spot. The acting is okay but this is more of a curio as a good example of some of the things that were common before the code, implied or actual nudity, drug references and occasional swearing that would disappear for almost 3 decades when the Hayes code took full effect within a very short time after this film premiered.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

the murder mystery is a flimsy excuse to put on a musical within a musical and show case the singers & dancers paramount had under contract this pic is perhaps best known 'cos it faetures the 'marijuana song" sund infront of a giant prickly cactus!

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