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Remains to Be Seen (1953)

Approved | | Comedy, Crime, Music | 15 May 1953 (USA)
June Allyson plays a band singer working in New York City; Van Johnson is the manager of a fancy apartment house where a murder is committed. The victim is Allyson's wealthy uncle, and ... See full summary »

Director:

Don Weis

Writers:

Russel Crouse (play), Howard Lindsay (play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
June Allyson ... Jody Revere
Van Johnson ... Waldo Williams
Louis Calhern ... Benjamin Goodman
Angela Lansbury ... Valeska Chauvel
John Beal ... Dr. Glenson
Dorothy Dandridge ... Dorothy Dandridge
Barry Kelley ... Lt. O'Flair
Sammy White Sammy White ... Ben
Kathryn Card ... Mrs. West
Paul Harvey ... Mr. Bennett
Helene Millard ... Mrs. Bennett
Peter Chong Peter Chong ... Ling Tan
Charles Lane ... Delapp (examiner)
Larry J. Blake ... Detective Minetti (as Larry Blake)
Morgan Farley ... Kyle Manning
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Storyline

June Allyson plays a band singer working in New York City; Van Johnson is the manager of a fancy apartment house where a murder is committed. The victim is Allyson's wealthy uncle, and since she can't account for her actions at the time of the crime, our heroine is the principal suspect.

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new york city | based on play | See All (2) »

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M-G-M's Fright-FULLY FUNNY MIRTHQUAKE (original print ad - mostly caps)

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Music | Mystery

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 May 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Porta Secreta See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Of June Allyson and Van Johnson's five costarring movies between 1944 and 1953 - along with their separate musical appearances in Till the Clouds Roll By (1946) - only their last pairing did not garner a contemporary New York Times review. See more »

Goofs

When she takes her robe off before going to bed after sleepwalking, she throws it on the floor away from the bed. When she gets up after the noise from the drums, the robe is on the bed. See more »

Soundtracks

Taking a Chance on Love
(uncredited)
Music by Vernon Duke
Lyrics by John La Touche and Ted Fetter
Sung by Dorothy Dandridge
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Remains To Be Seen on DVD?
15 December 2009 | by samtrak1204See all my reviews

For years I've been wishing and hoping to see Dorothy Dandridge in "Remains to be Seen" on DVD. I've only seen a short clip of Dorothy's stunning night club number and it is a visual knock out! Lena Horne's movie appearances were largely confined to such cameo scenes which could easily be extracted for southern audiences whose only acceptable image of a black woman was an grinning eye popping big black mammy in a head rag serving "Miss Charlotte". Still Ruby Dandridge (Dorothy's "Mommie Dearest") made a good point when she quipped, "It's better to play a maid than BE a maid." Maybe daughter Dorothy used the same logic years later when she decided to PLAY a slave in "Tomango"...or maybe it was a simple choice "to work or not to work" since DD was offered no leading roles after "Carmen". There was just no decent work for a beautiful colored girl in Hollywood in those days and things haven't really changed that much. Halle Berry, Dorothy Dandridge reincarnated, still faces and fights racism and typecasting at the myth factory. Why doesn't MGM release this dud solely for avid Dandrige fans like me who would gobble it up? I also look forward to seeing a restored "Tomango" and "Porgy and Bess" on DVD. Other Dandridge movies that have not been released on DVD include "Blues for a Junkman"(TV)/"Murder Men"(European version w/nude scenes)" "The Decks Ran Red" "Bright Road" "Four Shall Die" "Malaga" and "Marco Polo".


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