6.0/10
256
9 user 4 critic

Nine Lives Are Not Enough (1941)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | 20 September 1941 (USA)
An investigative crime reporter helps the cops solve the case of a missing tycoon who's later found dead in a cheap boarding house.

Writers:

Fred Niblo Jr. (screenplay), Jerome Odlum (from the novel by)
Reviews

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Kings Row (1942)
Certificate: Passed Drama | Mystery | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

The dark side and hypocrisy of provincial American life is seen through the eyes of five children as they grow to adulthood at the turn-of-the-century.

Director: Sam Wood
Stars: Ann Sheridan, Robert Cummings, Ronald Reagan
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

In the final days of WW2, in a M.A.S.H. unit in Burma, a severely wounded corporal watches in dismay as fellow soldiers pack-up to return home but a caring nurse and five remaining soldiers bring him solace.

Director: Vincent Sherman
Stars: Ronald Reagan, Patricia Neal, Richard Todd
The Killers (1964)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Surprised that their contract victim didn't try to run away from them, two professional hit men try to find out who hired them and why.

Director: Don Siegel
Stars: Lee Marvin, Angie Dickinson, John Cassavetes
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Hard-hitting news editor Jim Branch falls for high-society type Sharon Norwood but can't get to first base as he continually makes use of her knowledge of the rich and famous to try to ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Z. Leonard
Stars: Constance Bennett, Clark Gable, Stuart Erwin
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Medical drama set at one of New York City's hospitals during the early 1960s.

Director: Phil Karlson
Stars: Fredric March, Ben Gazzara, Dick Clark
Comedy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Professor Hardwick teaches at Winfield College and detests the new swing music that is the craze. He has written a rhapsody which he takes to New York to be published. Staying with his Aunt... See full summary »

Director: Ray Enright
Stars: Ann Sheridan, Dick Powell, Gale Page
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Two screenwriters in a rut come up with a story idea starring a bankable cowboy and the baby of the studio's waitress.

Director: Lloyd Bacon
Stars: James Cagney, Pat O'Brien, Marie Wilson
Comedy | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Ronny Bowers, a saxophonist in Benny Goodman's band has won a talent contest an got a ten week contract with a film studio. On his first evening he is supposed to go with the studio's star ... See full summary »

Director: Busby Berkeley
Stars: Dick Powell, Rosemary Lane, Lola Lane
Love on a Bet (1936)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

In order to raise money to produce a play (as well as prove that the plot isn't ridiculous), Michael McCreigh makes a bet with his Uncle Carlton that he can begin in Central Park in his ... See full summary »

Director: Leigh Jason
Stars: Gene Raymond, Wendy Barrie, Helen Broderick
Sleepers West (1941)
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Mike Shayne tries to distinguish criminals from red herrings as he escorts a surprise witness via rail to a high profile trial in San Francisco.

Director: Eugene Forde
Stars: Lloyd Nolan, Lynn Bari, Mary Beth Hughes
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Lord Peter Wimsey is an amateur detective. He is to be married to Harriet Vane, who writes crime novels, at a big Society wedding. Harriet has little charms made so that they both promise ... See full summary »

Directors: Arthur B. Woods, Richard Thorpe
Stars: Robert Montgomery, Constance Cummings, Leslie Banks
Certificate: Passed Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

When the U.S. forces withdraw from Java, ahead of the Japanese invasion, U.S. Navy doctor Corydon M. Wassell coordinates the remaining wounded servicemen and leads them to safety towards the last Allied evacuation points.

Director: Cecil B. DeMille
Stars: Gary Cooper, Laraine Day, Signe Hasso
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ronald Reagan ... Matt Sawyer
Joan Perry ... Jane Abbott
James Gleason ... Sergeant Daniels
Howard Da Silva ... J.B. Murray - City Editor (as Howard da Silva)
Faye Emerson ... Rose Chadwick
Edward Brophy ... Officer Slattery
Peter Whitney ... Roy Slocum
Charles Drake ... 'Snappy' Lucas
Vera Lewis ... Mrs. Slocum
Ben Welden ... Moxie Karper
Howard Hickman ... Colonel Andrews
Cliff Clark Cliff Clark ... Lieutenant Buckley
Tom Stevenson Tom Stevenson ... Charles Sanborn - Chauffeur
Paul Phillips Paul Phillips ... Hot-Foot
Joseph Crehan ... Yates
Edit

Storyline

Boy crusader Matt works for the Daily News and always breaks the big story. The only trouble is that he usually has the wrong information and the paper must print a retraction. But this time he thinks that he is on the right track. On patrol with his cop friends, they find the body of millionaire Edward Abbott in a cheap boarding house. It could be suicide or murder and Matt goes with murder, but the inquest goes with suicide. So Matt is out of a job, but in love with Jane and goes with his hunches - which put him in the middle of more killings. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Reporter chases killer ... and vice-versa !

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Mystery

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 September 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Nouă vieţi nu sunt destule See more »

Filming Locations:

Hollywood, California, USA

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

This film's earliest documented telecast took place in Tucson Friday 21 September 1956 on KDWI (Channel 9); it first aired in Cincinnati Friday 12 October 1956 on WKRC (Channel 12), in San Francisco Sunday 14 October 1956 on KPIX (Channel 5), in Albuquerque Friday 26 October 1956 on KOAT (Channel 7), and in Bloomington IN Saturday 17 November 1956 on WTTV (Channel 4). See more »

Goofs

In the car chase scene Col. Andrews (Howard Hickman) is shown brandishing a revolver with a four inch barrel. Later the barrel is clearly a six inch barrel. It switches back and forth a couple of times. See more »

Quotes

'Snappy' Saunders: Oh, some day I'm gonna get even with you. I'm gonna dance on your grave. I'm gonna lock you in a burning building and record your screams on a phonograph record.
See more »

Crazy Credits

The title "Nine Lives Are Not Enough" is the jumbo headline on the bundle of newspapers being opened. Then, the cast credits are boxed "adverts" on the inside pages of the paper. See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
B mystery
5 July 2014 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

"Nine Lives Are Not Enough" is a light 1941 B mystery starring Ronald Reagan, Joan Perry, James Gleason, Howard da Silva, and Faye Emerson.

Reagan plays a newspaper writer, Matt, who prides himself on getting the big stories, but he's a little too quick on the draw and brings in the wrong info. His latest malfeasance has caused him to be demoted to riding in a patrol car with two officers. As luck would have it, they are called in on a dead body. Turns out it's a millionaire, Edward Abbott, who for some reason was holed up in a boarding house. Was it suicide or murder? Matt is sure it's murder; unfortunately, the inquest decision is suicide. But Matt is not convinced. Out of a job and falling for the victim's daughter (Joan Perry), Matt keeps investigating, and the bodies continue to fall around him.

This was a perfect role for Ronald Reagan, who had a lightweight, charming presence on the screen. He's so good here, handling the rapid-fire dialog and some slapstick with ease. The whole cast is good, and the mystery moves quickly and keeps you interested. I particularly loved James Gleason, a policeman who is saddled with the worst cop ever (Edward Brophy).

Joan Perry became Mrs. Harry Cohn and retired. And we know what happened to Reagan. Years ago, someone mentioned that even if you didn't like his politics, once you met him, he would charm you. The person she was talking to said, "Never," to which the other person replied. "You would. I've seen it happen many times." I believe it.


4 of 4 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 9 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed