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Murder at the Vanities (1934) was a Musical - Mystery Film directed by Mitchell Leisen and produced by E. Lloyd Sheldon.

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“Sweet Marijuana” and Murder at the Vanities

By Kim Luperi on Oct 7, 2017 From Classic Movie Hub Blog

“Sweet Marijuana” and Murder at the Vanities: The Opium Advisory Committee vs. The Department of State vs. the Production Code Administration (PCA) vs. Paramount A rather aimless musical spiked with one murder investigation, two dead bodies, and plenty of cheeky asides, Murder at the Van... Read full article


Pre-Code Blogathon: Murder at the Vanities (1934)

By Amy on Apr 1, 2015 From Random Pictures

The following is my contribution to the fabulous Pre-Code Blogathon, hosted by Shadows and Satin and Pre-Code.com.? Even if you’ve seen some of the now-classic pre-code films, like?Night Nurse?(1931),?Freaks?(1932), or?I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang?(1932), it can be hard to imagine the sh... Read full article


Pre-Code Blogathon: Murder at the Vanities (1934)

By Amy on Apr 1, 2015 From Random Pictures

The following is my contribution to the fabulous Pre-Code Blogathon, hosted by Shadows and Satin and Pre-Code.com.? Even if you’ve seen some of the now-classic pre-code films, like?Night Nurse?(1931),?Freaks?(1932), or?I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang?(1932), it can be hard to imagine the sh... Read full article


Murder at the Vanities (1934)

By Angela on Nov 13, 2013 From Hollywood Revue

It’s opening night of Earl Carroll’s newest show and it’s the hottest ticket in town.? Stage manager Jack Ellery (Jack Oakie) wouldn’t even be able to get a ticket for the president if he wanted one. Just before the show is set to start, the show’s stars Eric Lander (Ca... Read full article


Pre-code: Murder at the Vanities (1934) with Gertrude Michael.

By Dawn Sample on Jun 21, 2013 From Noir and Chick Flicks

Murder at the Vanities (1934). A wild/musical/murder mystery directed by Mitchell Leisen. Cast: Victor McLaglen, Carl Brisson, Jack Oakie, Kitty Carlisle, Gertrude Michael, Toby Wing, and Jessie Ralph. Duke Ellington and his Orchestra are featured in the elaborate finale number. Songs featured in th... Read full article


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Quotes from

Rita Ross: [Exit line to Mrs. Smith] Ta, Ta! I'll see you in the chair.


Police Lt. Bill Murdock: [Ogling a showgirl] Now there's a baby over there looks suspicious and ought to be followed.
Jack Ellery: Hmm! Don't get to close to her. She'll mistake you for King Kong.


Jack Ellery: Nancy, what shall I do?
Nancy: Oh, Mr. Ellery!
Jack Ellery: C'mon, let's do it.


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Facts about

This is the film that contains the "Sweet Marijuana" song and dance number. It got past the censors because at the time the film was made, the drug was not illegal. Today, most prints omit this production number all together.
One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since.
According the Kitty Carlisle in the documentary Complicated Women, when the "Sweet Marijuana" number was being filmed, she had no idea what marijuana was. She thought it was a Mexican musical instrument.
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