Home Sweet Homicide

Home Sweet Homicide is an American mystery film directed by Lloyd Bacon and released in 1946. It stars Peggy Ann Garner, Randolph Scott and Lynn Bari, and was based on the eponymous mystery novel by Craig Rice.

Home Sweet Homicide
Movie poster
Directed byLloyd Bacon
Produced byLouis D. Dighton
Written byF. Hugh Herbert
Based onHome Sweet Homicide
by Craig Rice
StarringPeggy Ann Garner
Randolph Scott
Lynn Bari
Dean Stockwell
Music byDavid Buttolph
CinematographyJohn Seitz
Edited byLouis Loeffler
Distributed byTwentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation
Release date
  • October 2, 1946 (1946-10-02)
Running time
90 min.
CountryUnited States

The film features the line "The Gat had gittens," referring to a handgun or machine pistol having been fired, as well as other slang terms for guns, such as "heater", "rod," and "piece."

Though he would make 39 more films, Home Sweet Homicide is the second-to-last non-western film of Randolph Scott's career.[1]


When gunshots are heard next door, the three children of widowed mystery novelist Marian Carstairs try to help the police, help their mother solve the case or solve it themselves.

Polly Walker, an actress, runs from the neighbors' house, telling police lieutenant Bill Smith that she had gone there to see Flora Sanford and found her dead. Flora was an agent who represented Polly as well as Marian, whose books feature a detective character with the same name as Bill's.

Various suspects are considered, including other neighbors and Flora's hiding husband, who had fallen in love with Polly and wanted a divorce. The children begin sending anonymous letters, believing they are helping the investigation, until Bill finally persuades them to let him handle the case. He solves it, then expresses a romantic interest in Marian, pleasing the kids.



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