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Journal of a Crime (1934)

TV-PG | | Drama | 10 March 1934 (USA)
A wife shoots her husband's mistress. Afterwards, she is tormented by guilt when someone else is blamed for the crime.



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Complete credited cast:
Cartier (as Douglas Dumbrille)
Young Man at Party
Henri Marcher
Herr Winterstein
Edward McWade ...
Frank Darien ...
Stage Manager
Clay Clement ...
Frau Winterstein (as Elsa Jansen)


A wife shoots her husband's mistress. Afterwards, she is tormented by guilt when someone else is blamed for the crime.

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Diário de um Crime  »

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Did You Know?


Leila Bennett (Maid) is supposed to be in this film, but she was not seen. Mollet's maid, Helene, did not look or sound like Bennett. See more »


Douglass Dumbrille is credited as "Douglas Dumbrille" in the titles. See more »


Remake of Une vie perdue (1933) See more »

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Chatterton Makes the Film
30 July 2011 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Journal of a Crime (1934)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Decent melodrama from Warner has Ruth Chatterton playing a wife who finds out that her husband (Adolphe Menjou) is in love with another woman (Claire Dodd). Fearing that she's going to lose him forever, the wife shoots the lover and gets away with it but when the husband finds out he decides not to tell anyone because he feels the best justice is for his wife to slowly crack under the guilt. This pre-Code isn't the greatest film ever made and there are quite a few problems with the story but the performance of Chatterton makes it worth sitting through if you enjoy this period of Hollywood. I think the best thing going for the film is the performance of Chatterton who is quite believable as the grieving wife. The screenplay goes all over the place with her character so Chatterton has to go through a wide range of emotions. She nails everyone of them and especially the scenes early on when she learns that her husband no longer loves her and she does what she can to try and save her marriage. This good sequence is followed by her slowly turning to rage when she realizes that it really doesn't matter what she does as the husband has his heart made up. Chatterton has always been an underrated actress and her performance here proves she could handle just about anything. Menjou is always good and that continues here as he could play this type of role in his sleep. I especially loved the way he remains calm, cool and collective while trying to force the guilt trip on the wife. Dodd doesn't appear in the film for too long but she's good while there. The screenplay is the main villain here because it's never quite clear where the picture wants to go and while I won't ruin the ending I will say it's incredibly stupid as it really doesn't close anything up. Yes, it closes the "past" up but everything with the husband and his feelings are pretty much untouched. At just 64-minutes the film moves well enough and is okay for a one-time viewing.

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