Sealed Lips (1941)

Genres - Crime, Drama, Mystery  |   Sub-Genres - Detective Film, Docudrama  |   Run Time - 62 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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There's something very odd about Romano (John Litel), a notorious gangster serving time in the federal pen. For one thing, Romano doesn't sound much like himself. For another, he always seems to be hiding something. Detective Lee (William Gargan) suspects that something's amiss, and he's right: the man calling himself Romano is actually a hired double, placed behind bars so that the real Romano can go about his business undetected. A pedestrian effort, Sealed Lips is distinguished by the excellent cinematography of Stanley Cortez (still one year away from Orson Welles' The Magnificent Ambersons) and the spirited peformance of musical-comedy favorite June Clyde as an inquiring girl reporter.

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criminal, detective, impersonation, imprisonment, investigation, prison, private-detective, scheme