The Case of the Curious Bride (1935)

Approved  |   |  Comedy, Crime, Drama  |  13 April 1935 (USA)
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Perry interrupts his vacation plans when an ex-girlfriend, now newly married, asks him to help her with murder and bigamy charges.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Claire Dodd ...
Phillip Reed ...
Dr. Millbeck
Detective Lucas
Wini Shaw ...
Doris Pender (as Winifred Shaw)
Warren Hymer ...
Oscar Pender
Olin Howland ...
Charles Richman ...
C. Phillip Montaine
Thomas E. Jackson ...
Toots Howard (as Thomas Jackson)
Gregory Moxley
Robert Gleckler ...
Detective Byrd
James Donlan ...
Detective Fritz


After giving the District Attorney another stinging defeat, Perry plans to take a vacation in China. That is, he was, until Rhoda, his old flame, meets him at a restaurant. Even though she says that she is asking for a friend, Perry can see right through her. It seems that her husband Moxley, who had been allegedly dead for four years, is alive and demanding money as she has married into wealth. The case escalates when the police find the body of Moxley and charge her with the murder. Written by Tony Fontana <>

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Comedy | Crime | Drama | Mystery







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13 April 1935 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Clue Club #4: The Case of the Curious Bride  »

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Did You Know?


In The Case of the Curious Bride (1935), one of Errol Flynn's earliest films, his role consisted of lying on a marble slab as a corpse. There was also a flashback sequence towards the end of the film showing how Flynn was killed. The film in question has appeared at least twice on Turner Classic Movies during Errol Flynn festivals despite his very limited (certainly less than two minutes) screen time. See more »


In the first scene at Fisherman's Wharf, Perry is picking out crabs, and he says, "Joe, we've decided upon these four antagonistic anthropods." Crabs are arthropods; there is no such thing as an anthropod. See more »


Perry Mason: She's more of a legitimate fake than I thought she was.
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Followed by Perry Mason Returns (1985) See more »


Neapolitan Nights
(1925) (uncredited)
Music by J.S. Zamecnik
First tune played at Luigi's restaurant
Played when Mason and Rhoda are talking at Luigi's
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A Gourmet Dinner ala Cinema Mystery

Warren William reprises his role as Perry Mason for the second time in The Case of the Curious Bride. This time around Perry must deal with a woman - a young girl that was acquainted with Perry Mason when a child

  • who wants to marry but has a husband alive now that was supposedly

dead four years ago. Just as in the first Mason mystery, we get a pretty taut mystery with lots of red herrings and some fine character performances. This film though is much more fun than The Case of the Howling Dog for two very important reasons: 1)Michael Curtiz(director of films like Casablanca) directs this go round and makes some vast improvements on directorial style, acting changes, and redesigning William's portrayal of Mason. In the first film Warren William was almost stuffy and starch collared, but here William is having a whole lot of fun(very much like his Philo Vance). He is a gourmet chef, a womanizer, a one-of-the-boys, and a witty talker. Curtiz really lets William open up; I am sure to the chagrin of author Erle Stanley Gardner for the even bigger departure from his character's real persona. Nonetheless, Warren William makes this picture work and gets help from Margaret Lindsay as the woman in peril, Claire Dodd as his Friday/Juliet Della Street, and Allen Jenkins in for comic relief as Spudsy Drake. Errol Flynn does have a BRIEF role as the dead man - only really gets to act BRIEFLY in a flashback scene. My favorite character is the mortician friend of Mason's named Wilbur Strong and played by screen stalwart character actor Olin Howard. He is very funny and reprises his role in the next Mason film The Case of the Lucky Legs. Of the four Mason films starring Warren William as the pragmatic Perry Mason, The Case of the Curious Bride is the best in my opinion.

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