Detective Kitty O'Day (1944)

Genres - Comedy, Mystery  |   Sub-Genres - Detective Film  |   Release Date - May 13, 1944 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 63 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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The first of two Monogram comedy-mysteries built around the talents of perky Jean Parker, Detective Kitty O'Day casts Parker in (what else?) the title role. A switchboard operator who aspires to be a sleuth, Kitty insists upon being in on the investigation when her boss is murdered. This causes no end of headaches for Kitty's boyfriend Johnny Jones (Peter Cookson, in his first major screen role). Tim Ryan, who doubled as screenwriter, is seen as Inspector Miles, who strongly suspects that Kitty herself was the murderer. The film's economies are evident when the dead bodies begin piling up and dummies are substituted for the corpses. More frantic than funny, Detective Kitty O'Day did well enough at the box-office to warrant a decidedly superior sequel, The Adventures of Kitty O'Day.

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boss [employer], boyfriend, detective, murder, operator, switchboard