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Evelyn Prentice (1934)

Passed | | Drama, Mystery, Romance | 9 November 1934 (USA)
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

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John Prentice
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Evelyn Prentice
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Amy Drexel
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Mrs. Harrison
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Judith Wilson
Harvey Stephens ...
Lawrence Kennard
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Delaney
Henry Wadsworth ...
Chester Wylie
Cora Sue Collins ...
Dorothy Prentice
Frank Conroy ...
Dist. Atty. Farley
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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 duke1029

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Drama | Mystery | Romance

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9 November 1934 (USA)  »

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A Testemunha Imprevista  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The third of fourteen films pairing William Powell and Myrna Loy. See more »

Goofs

Powell and Russell share an early scene in which they finish with their first barely seen intimacy, a crew member is visible leafing through papers. 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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Connections

Version of Stronger Than Desire (1939) See more »

Soundtracks

Turkey in the Straw
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Traditional folk song
Played at the barn dance
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Style and substance
7 January 2004 | by See all my reviews

This is an absorbing, intelligent picture, bolstered by sensitive performances and adept handling of an adult story. Its fundamentals may be overly familiar, and perhaps a bit too much plot gets in the way of believable, touching characterizations. But you will care about the main characters, whose weaknesses and oversights lead them to the brink of ruin - even if (in a questionable decision by the film makers) they are given the trappings of art deco luxuries, instead of being brought closer to a lifestyle familiar to the audience.

Powell and Loy, alone and together, are fine, as always. Credit Isabel Jewell with a low-key, yet emotionally-charged performance. Jessie Ralph is excellent is one extended scene in which she babbles and equivocates as the tension builds to a quiet frenzy. Una Merkel softens her familiar screen mannerisms to play the character, rather than vice versa.

Not a well-known film, "Evelyn Prentice" is most definitely worth your while.


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