Redhead from Manhattan

Redhead from Manhattan is a 1943 comedy film directed by Lew Landers and written by Joseph Hoffman.[1] The film stars Lupe Vélez in one of her last screen appearances, Michael Duane, Tim Ryan, Gerald Mohr, Lillian Yarbo and Arthur Loft. The film was released on May 6, 1943, by Columbia Pictures.[2][3]

Redhead from Manhattan
Theatrical release poster
Directed byLew Landers
Produced byHarry Cohn
Wallace MacDonald
Screenplay byJoseph Hoffman
Story byRex Taylor
StarringLupe Vélez
Michael Duane
Tim Ryan
Gerald Mohr
Lillian Yarbo
Arthur Loft
Music byGil Grau
John Leipold
CinematographyPhillip Tannura
Edited byJames Sweeney
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Release date
  • May 6, 1943 (1943-05-06)
Running time
64 minutes
CountryUnited States


Lupe Vélez plays a dual role, twin sisters Rita and Elaine. After escaping a torpedoed ship, Rita shows up in Manhattan, where she takes the place of her Broadway-star twin sister Elaine, who's having problems with her marriage and needs to make a getaway. Neither Elaine's husband or Rita's saxophone-player boyfriend are aware of the switch.


  • Lupe Vélez as Rita Manners/Elaine Manners
  • Michael Duane as Jimmy Randall
  • Tim Ryan as Mike Glendon
  • Gerald Mohr as Chick Andrews
  • Lillian Yarbo as Polly
  • Arthur Loft as Sig Hammersmith
  • Lewis Wilson as Paul
  • Douglas Leavitt as Joe
  • Clancy Cooper as Policeman
  • Johnny Mitchell as Marty Britt


  1. "Redhead from Manhattan". The New York Times.
  2. The American Film Institute Catalog Feature Films: 1941-50 by The American Film Institute, c. 1999
  3. The AFI Catalog of Feature Films:..Redhead from Manhattan
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