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Crime Without Passion (1934)

Approved | | Crime, Drama | 30 August 1934 (USA)
Prominent lawyer shoots unfaithful girlfriend during quarrel, has to establish alibi.
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Prominent lawyer shoots unfaithful girlfriend during quarrel, has to establish alibi.

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He had tired of her - and for that he was sorry! He was tied to her - and for that he hated her!

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Claude Rains's non-legal side trips him up
27 February 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Crack and utterly cynical defense lawyer Claude Rains says "My legal side is entirely without passion," but what of his non-legal side? That's entirely another matter, as he explains his involvement with women to his secretary, Esther Dale. Rains is attempting to leave his current lover, Margo, for another, Whitney Bourne. It's Rains's non-legal passions that trip him up in "Crime Without Passion" (1934).

By the somewhat arbitrary fashions of current noir classification, this picture is too early to be called a film noir, and so it's called proto-noir. Whatever it's called, it's a must see film for noir fans. Beyond a noir story and central character, it has some marvelous photographic effects throughout as well as noir shadings.

Something like 25 years ago, I placed the film into collecting circulation by trading a copy taped from television to San Francisco's "Dark Marc", one who appreciated low rent, foreign and pre-classic noirs, in short, noirs of any description. Now better commercial DVD copies from other sources are available.


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