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Ladies of the Jury (1932)

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Society Matron, Mrs. Crane, is selected as a juror in the trail of an ex-chorus girl, Yvette Gordon, who's accused of murdering her rich elderly husband. In court, Mrs. Crane is your ... See full summary »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Edna May Oliver ...
Jill Esmond ...
Mrs. Yvette Gordon
Ken Murray ...
Spencer B. Dazy
Roscoe Ates ...
Andrew MacKaig (as Rosco Ates)
Kitty Kelly ...
Mayme Mixter
Cora Witherspoon ...
Lily Pratt
Robert McWade ...
Judge Henry Fish
Charles Dow Clark ...
Jay J. Presley, Jury Foreman
Helene Millard ...
Miss Evelyn Elaine Snow, Crane's Maid
Kate Price ...
Mrs. McGuire
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Society Matron, Mrs. Crane, is selected as a juror in the trail of an ex-chorus girl, Yvette Gordon, who's accused of murdering her rich elderly husband. In court, Mrs. Crane is your unorthodox and disruptive juror. During the first ballot, Mrs. Crane brings in the only "not-guilty" vote, inspite of Evelyn Snows damning testimony. Mrs. Crane and the other jurors are sent back to the jury room. Mrs. Crane persuades the other juror to take a closer look at the case and re-enact the night of Mr. Gordon's demise... Written by Kelly

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5 February 1932 (USA)  »

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Women of the Jury  »

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Trivia

The original play opened in New York City, New York, USA on 21 October 1929 and had 88 performances. See more »

Quotes

Jay J. Presley, Jury Foreman: Ridiculous. No one would send an innocent person to her death for money.
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Crazy Credits

In the opening credits, the cast list is shown over action, now commonplace but rarely, if ever, done at the time. During the "The End" credit the verdict of the jury can be heard. See more »

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Version of We're on the Jury (1937) See more »

Soundtracks

I'm Just Wild About Harry
(uncredited)
Written by Eubie Blake and Noble Sissle
Sung a cappella by Ken Murray with slightly modified lyrics
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Silly AND Wonderful - Edna May Oliver fans, don't miss it!
23 July 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It's too bad that real trials aren't like the one depicted in this film. The trial and jury deliberations shown in this film are completely unrealistic, but what does that have to do with good movie making? I love Edna May Oliver's rendition in the Hildegard Withers series, which this film is NOT part of. It is, however, a worthy precursor of her later sleuthing roles.

The film is something of a comic version of 12 Angry Men. A single juror votes not guilty, then, using appeals to the prejudices and passions of the other jurors more than reason, persuades other jurors to change their vote to "Not Guilty" until the final scene where the innocence of the accused is "proved". A fast wrap up has the jury declaring, in voice over on the end credit, that they find the defendant "Not Guilty".

You won't find realistic situations anywhere in this film. What you will find is an acting tour de force by Edna May Oliver, excellent characterizations by the rest of the cast, an excellent period piece of the early 1930's.

This is not a film for everyone. It is a film for true cinephiles. Not a classic, but a classic example of early talkies.

I'm sorry I could not explain it's appeal better, but it's appeal is ephemeral. Good acting, good humor, good story - good, good, good. Good enough to make it's flaws worth ignoring.


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