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.[1]

Tall, Dark and Handsome
Cesar Romero and Virginia Gilmore in Tall, Dark and Handsome
Directed byH. Bruce Humberstone
Produced byFred Kohlmar
Darryl F. Zanuck
Written byKarl Tunberg
Darrell Ware
StarringCaesar Romero
Virginia Gilmore
Charlotte Greenwood
Music byCyril J. Mockridge
Emil Newman
CinematographyErnest Palmer
Edited byAllen McNeil
Distributed by20th Century Fox
Release date
January 24, 1941
Running time
78 minutes
CountryUnited States


In Chicago, a Robin Hood-like crook is an object of affection, nice to some and not so nice to others.[2]

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.[3]

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.[3]

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.[3]



The film was nominated for the Best Original Screenplay at the 14th Academy Awards.[4]

See also


  1. "Hilarious Comedy With Gangdom on the Loose". Kingsport, Tennessee: Kingsport Times. March 23, 1941. p. 20. Retrieved June 15, 2017 via Newspaperarchives.com.
  2. 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.
  3. "Tall, Dark and Handsome". AFI Catalog of Feature Films. Retrieved June 15, 2017.
  4. "Nominees by Title". Oscars.org. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Retrieved June 15, 2017.
This article is issued from Wikipedia. The text is licensed under Creative Commons - Attribution - Sharealike. Additional terms may apply for the media files.