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Evelyn Prentice (1934)

Passed  -  Drama | Mystery | Romance  -  9 November 1934 (USA)
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The neglected wife of a high profile attorney dallies with a unscrupulous womanizer and finds herself involved in blackmail and murder.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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John Prentice
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Evelyn Prentice
Una Merkel ...
Amy Drexel
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Mrs. Harrison
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Judith Wilson
Harvey Stephens ...
Lawrence Kennard
Edward Brophy ...
Delaney
Henry Wadsworth ...
Chester Wylie
Cora Sue Collins ...
Dorothy Prentice
Frank Conroy ...
Dist. Atty. Farley
Jessie Ralph ...
Mrs. Blake
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Storyline

Evelyn Prentice is the respected wife of a high-profile New York attorney. Despite the prestige and status she enjoys, she feels neglected and out of boredom becomes involved with an unscrupulous womanizing poet, who gives her the attention she craves. She eventually finds herself a victim of blackmail and becomes involved in his murder. When another woman is accused of the crime, she begs her husband to defend her. Written by Gabe Taverney (duke1029@aol.com)

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Drama | Mystery | Romance

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9 November 1934 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Testemunha Imprevista  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Film debut of Rosalind Russell. See more »

Goofs

When John is discussing the clues of the case in their living room, Evelyn puts her fists up to her cheeks. In the next angle, they are by her sides. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Blake: Does your husband beat you?
Evelyn Prentice: No, I wish he did. He'd have to be home to do it.
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Me and My Shadow
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Worth a watch for the weird factor
5 January 2004 | by (NYC, NY) – See all my reviews

This movie is one of the best examples of what resulted when the studio machine didn't quite know what to do with its talent pool.

Powell and Loy, who had recently proven themselves a winning team in the original Thin Man, are again the urbane marrieds. Their individual talents and snappy chemistry aren't entirely swamped by this soapy melodrama, but they are given a slight patina of caricature. Thank god the studio figured it out and gave us five more Thin Man movies.

The very freaky thing about this movie is the film debut of the divine Roz Russell. Granted, she was an extremely beautiful woman, but casting her in the Joan Crawford femme fatale role gives unintentional comedy and a textbook demonstration of "What do we do with this one" syndrome. Thank god the studio figured it out and gave us the rest of her career.

As a movie, Evelyn Prentice is not bad lazy rainy Sunday viewing. It's much more interesting as a piece of oddball film history and an object lesson in how mediocre things can happen to great people.


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