The Lucky Stiff (1949)

Genres - Comedy, Crime, Mystery  |   Sub-Genres - Detective Film  |   Run Time - 99 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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At the last possible moment, convicted murderess Anne Marie St. Claire (Dorothy Lamour) is saved from execution. However, the newspapers have reported that Anne Marie is dead. She decides to use her status as a "corpse" to her advantage, leading to several amusing and melodramatic complications involving a gang of extortionists. Lucky Stiff is based on one of Craig Rice's "John J. Malone" stories, with Brian Donlevy as crafty, racket-busting attorney Malone. The film was produced by Jack Benny, a fact incessantly (and hilariously) plugged on Benny's radio program.

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supernatural, client, con/scam, death, death-penalty, detective, execution, gangster, ghost, haunted, hope, investigation, killing, lawyer, private-detective, protection, reprieve, scheme, secrets, sentence [penal system], songwriter, suspect, trapped, truth