Murder at the Vanities | Chicago Reader

Murder at the Vanities

Good dirty fun from the precensorship days, with Victor McLaglen bulling his way through a murder investigation backstage at Earl Carroll's Vanities. The costumes go about as far as they can—there's something astonishing about the sight of a navel in a 1934 film—and the musical numbers go further, particularly Gertrude Mitchell's heart-stopping rendition of “Sweet Marihuana.” With Jack Oakie, Kitty Carlisle, and frequent interruptions by Duke Ellington and his orchestra. Mitchell Leisen directed. 95 min.

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