Tall, Dark and Handsome
Tall, Dark and Handsome is a 1941 gangster comedy film directed by H. Bruce Humberstone and starring Caesar Romero, Virginia Gilmore, and Charlotte Greenwood. It was released by Twentieth Century Fox.
|Tall, Dark and Handsome|
Cesar Romero and Virginia Gilmore in Tall, Dark and Handsome
|Directed by||H. Bruce Humberstone|
|Produced by||Fred Kohlmar|
Darryl F. Zanuck
|Written by||Karl Tunberg|
|Music by||Cyril J. Mockridge|
|Edited by||Allen McNeil|
|Distributed by||20th Century Fox|
|January 24, 1941|
In Chicago, a Robin Hood-like crook is an object of affection, nice to some and not so nice to others.
Chicago mobster boss Shep Morrison (Cesar Romero), who has a reputation as a brutal killer, falls for department store employee Judy Miller (Virginia Gilmore) on Christmas Eve. Learning that Miller's job is to babysit children for shoppers, the unmarried Morrison presents himself to her as a widowed father in the banking industry, and hires her to help with his children. Morrison quickly dispatches his henchman Frosty Welch (Milton Berle) to find children to pose as his. Welch returns with only one child, Detroit Harry, Jr. (Stanley Clements). As Miller helps Morrison decorate his Christmas tree, he mentions that his other child is with grandma for the holidays.
Thugs Puffy (Frank Jenks) and Louie (Marc Lawrence) interrupt the happy scene, upon orders from rival crime boss Pretty Willie (Sheldon Leonard) to kill Morrison. Rather than kill them, Morrison and Welch lock them in the basement. Pretty Willie arrives the next day and is convinced Morrison has killed Puffy and Louie. The two mob bosses reach a gangland cease fire agreement to conduct their criminal activities in different areas.
By now, Miller realizes who Morrison really is, but he smooths thing over by getting Miller a job as a vocalist in the nightclub, and by agreeing to watch over Harry, Jr. She realizes she has fallen in love with him in spite of his criminal activities, and accepts his marriage proposal. It is soon revealed that Morrison has never killed anyone, when the thugs escape from the basement. Morrison makes newspaper headlines when word leaks out that he's a mob boss who has never murdered his rivals.
- Cesar Romero as J.J. 'Shep' Morrison
- Virginia Gilmore as Judy Miller
- Charlotte Greenwood as Winnie Sage
- Milton Berle as Frosty Welch
- Sheldon Leonard as 'Pretty' Willie Williams
- Stanley Clements as Detroit Harry Morrison Jr.
- Frank Jenks as Puffy
- Barnett Parker as Quentin, the Butler
- Marc Lawrence as Louie
- Paul Hurst as Biff Sage
- Frank Bruno as Chick - Driver / Gunman
- Anthony Caruso as Gunman
- Marion Martin as Dawn
- Leon Belasco as Alfredo Herrera
- Charles D. Brown as District Attorney
- "Hilarious Comedy With Gangdom on the Loose". Kingsport, Tennessee: Kingsport Times. March 23, 1941. p. 20. Retrieved June 15, 2017 – via Newspaperarchives.com.
- Maltin, Leonard (2015). Classic Movie Guide: From the Silent Era Through 1965 (3rd ed.). Plume. p. 683. ISBN 978-0-14-751682-4. Retrieved June 15, 2017.
- "Tall, Dark and Handsome". AFI Catalog of Feature Films. Retrieved June 15, 2017.
- "Nominees by Title". Oscars.org. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Retrieved June 15, 2017.