The Inner Circle (1946)

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A private detective finds himself with a perfect new secretary. But after a notorious gossip columnist turns up murdered, she may prove too good to be true.


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  • Warren Douglas and Adele Mara in The Inner Circle (1946)
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11 February 2016 | dougdoepke
Typical 40's Programmer
Strictly lightweight entertainment, the sort that would soon end up on TV. Breezy detective Mike Strange (Douglas) is set up to take the fall for the murder of a gossip columnist. Was it his new secretary Gerry (Mara) who set him up. She's one fast-talking cutie who seemingly can work her way out of anything. Plus, she's rather mysterious with a hazy past. Mike better figure things out or Detective Webb (Frawley) will have him in the slammer in a flash. In this edition, being a 1940's private eye is not much fun.

This is Mara's movie. She plays the lively secretary in sparkling style. Too bad she never had an A-picture career. She was good enough. Douglas is handsome and a passable performer, but little more. Director Ford's visual style shows some atmosphere, but noir is unfortunately a year or two away. Good to see such familiar faces as Will Wright (the gardener) and Dorothy Adams (forever a maid) picking up paydays, along with Fred Mertz, oops!, I mean Bill Frawley in a familiar cop role. And catch a sexy young Virginia Christine as Rhoda. I guess that was before all the Folgers coffee gave her a TV make-over. Anyhow, it's the cast that carries the brief run-time, while the whodunit part meanders in not very involving fashion. All in all, the movie amounts to a standard 40's programmer and little more.

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