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Evelyn Prentice -- Mystery about a powerful attorney who doesn't realize his wife has gotten herself into some trouble. Later remade as Stronger Than Desire.


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Lenore J. Coffee (screen play)
W.E. Woodward (from the book by)
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Release Date:
9 November 1934 (USA) See more »
The neglected wife of a high profile attorney dallies with a unscrupulous womanizer and finds herself involved in blackmail and murder. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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The strong performances distract us from the occasional creaks and groans in the plot and make this courtroom melodrama worth seeing See more (26 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

William Powell ... John Prentice

Myrna Loy ... Evelyn Prentice
Una Merkel ... Amy Drexel

Rosalind Russell ... Mrs. Harrison

Isabel Jewell ... 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
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mariska Aldrich ... Prison Matron #1 (uncredited)
Stanley Andrews ... Judge (uncredited)
Herman Bing ... Klein - Antiques Dealer (uncredited)
Georgia Caine ... Mrs. Newton - Party Guest (uncredited)
Sam Flint ... Dr. Lyons (uncredited)

Billy Gilbert ... Barney - Cafe Owner (uncredited)
Sherry Hall ... Court Clerk (uncredited)
Howard C. Hickman ... Mr. Whitlock - Party Guest (uncredited)
Samuel S. Hinds ... Mr. Newton - Party Guest (uncredited)
John Hyams ... Mr. Humphries - Party Guest (uncredited)
Perry Ivins ... Dr. Gillette (uncredited)
Joe Keaton ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Isabelle Keith ... Miss Meade - Prentice's Secretary (uncredited)
Crauford Kent ... Party Guest (uncredited)

Robert Livingston ... Reporter (uncredited)
James T. Mack ... Albert - Butler (uncredited)
Wilbur Mack ... Reporter #1 (uncredited)
Mary MacLaren ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Sam McDaniel ... Porter (uncredited)
Francis McDonald ... Charles - Chauffeur (uncredited)
J.P. McGowan ... Detective Mack Clark (uncredited)

Jack Mulhall ... Gregory (uncredited)
Pat O'Malley ... Detective Pat Thompson (uncredited)
Garry Owen ... Reporter #2 (uncredited)
Milton Owen ... Waiter (uncredited)
Bob Perry ... Juror (uncredited)
Ruth Renick ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Matty Roubert ... Offscreen Newsboy (voice) (uncredited)
Larry Steers ... Dining Patron (uncredited)
Billy Sullivan ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Phil Tead ... Reporter #3 (uncredited)
David Thursby ... Juror (uncredited)
Richard Tucker ... Mr. Dillingham - Party Guest (uncredited)
Clarence Wilson ... Public Defender (uncredited)

Directed by
William K. Howard 
Writing credits
Lenore J. Coffee (screen play)

W.E. Woodward (from the book by)

Howard Emmett Rogers  adaptation (uncredited)

Produced by
John W. Considine Jr. .... producer
Original Music by
R.H. Bassett (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Charles G. Clarke (photographed by)
Film Editing by
Frank E. Hull (film editor) (as Frank Hull)
Art Direction by
Cedric Gibbons 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Horace Hough .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
A. Arnold Gillespie .... associate art director (as Arnold Gillespie)
Edwin B. Willis .... associate art director
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... recording director
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Dolly Tree .... wardrobe
Music Department
Oscar Radin .... musical score
William Axt .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Herbert Stothart .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

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79 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #379)

Did You Know?

The third of fourteen films pairing William Powell and Myrna Loy.See more »
Continuity: In the last scene of the film, as John and Evelyn are at Dorothy's bedside, Evelyn's position at the side of the bed keeps changing from shot to shot.See more »
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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Movie Connections:
Turkey in the StrawSee more »


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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
The strong performances distract us from the occasional creaks and groans in the plot and make this courtroom melodrama worth seeing, 15 July 2010
Author: J. Spurlin from United States

Evelyn Prentice (Myrna Loy) is the neglected wife of a prominent lawyer (William Powell) who briefly takes up with his beautiful client (Rosalind Russell). When Evelyn finds out, she does her own dallying with a conniving poet and playwright (Harvey Stephens) who has a jealous girlfriend (Isabel Jewell). Evelyn's ditsy friend and house guest (Una Merkel) acts as confidant when the dalliance turns disastrous and Evelyn finds herself involved in blackmail and murder. Now, her marriage and the future happiness of her little daughter (Cora Sue Collins) are in jeopardy.

This courtroom mystery could have stood fewer melodramatic contrivances, especially toward the end, but the dialogue and characterizations are strong. Far stronger, however, are the remarkable performances from everyone involved. Myrna Loy's quiet desperation is utterly convincing. Powell, good throughout, is especially deft after discovering a stunning secret during the climactic courtroom trial: without a trace of ham, he genuinely looks as if he is about to keel over from shock, as he is forced to go on. Isabel Jewell, eschewing all phony theatrics, is remarkably good during her testimony at the end. Cora Sue is charming as the little girl. These performances distract us from the occasional creaks and groans in the plot and make the movie worth seeing.

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