GenreCrime, Mystery, Drama ProductionMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer CountryUnited States
Release dateMay 12, 1939 (1939-05-12) WriterLionel Houser (screenplay), Pauline London (based on a story by), Alfred Taylor (based on a story by) CastMelvyn Douglas (Michael Cassidy), Louise Platt (Ellen Frazier), Gene Lockhart (Arno), Douglass Dumbrille (Matt Cooper (as Douglas Dumbrille)), Florence George (Lorna Travers), Halliwell Hobbes (Dr. Lovelake) Similar moviesThe Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, All the President's Men, Ace in the Hole, Boeing, Boeing, Call Northside 777
Tell No Tales is a 1939 American crime film directed by Leslie Fenton and written by Lionel Houser. The film stars Melvyn Douglas, Louise Platt, Gene Lockhart, Douglass Dumbrille, Florence George and Halliwell Hobbes. The film was released on May 12, 1939, by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.
Michael Cassidy is a reporter for a newspaper that publisher Matt Cooper is putting out of business. Cooper owns a second paper, a more lurid, scandal-filled one. Cassidy abhors it and cites as an example its shameful treatment of innocent schoolteacher Ellen Frazier, a witness in a current kidnapping case.
Cassidy decides to go see Ellen, and, posing as a lawyer, persuades her to elude police officers who are protecting her. Determined to discover who's behind the kidnapping before that night's deadline of his paper's final edition, Cassidy goes to see casino owner Arno and ends up getting taken captive himself, putting his own life and Ellen's in grave danger.
Arno's brother, laundering money for the criminals, gets a guilty conscience and helps Cassidy and Ellen escape, at the cost of his own life. Cassidy writes the story for the paper, causing such a positive reaction that Cooper decides not to fold it after all.