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The Case of the Curious Bride (1935)

 -  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

Cast overview, first billed only:
Warren William ...
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Rhoda
Donald Woods ...
Carl
Claire Dodd ...
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Phillip Reed ...
Dr. Millbeck
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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)
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Gregory Moxley
Robert Gleckler ...
Detective Byrd
James Donlan ...
Detective Fritz
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Storyline

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 <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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Comedy | Crime | Drama | Mystery

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A Noiva Curiosa  »

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Trivia

Unlike the novels and the Raymond Burr TV series, which used Los Angeles as a location and/or base, here Perry Mason's offices are in San Francisco. See more »

Goofs

When Mason walks into Moxley's house and walks up the stairs, there is a beautiful French window behind him, but when his car pulls away later, as seen from the outside, there is no matching french window. See more »

Quotes

Coroner Wilbur Strong: [to a morgue assistant] Get a can opener, son. We'll see whether this Moxley died of pneumonia or wild hair.
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Followed by Perry Mason: The Case of the Fatal Framing (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

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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Fast paced comedy thriller
27 January 2008 | by (Derby, UK) – See all my reviews

There seems to be a wide divergence of opinion on the quality or otherwise of this one, whether it's poor and dull or witty and fast. I plump for the latter, even though Warners' portrayal of the lawyer left something to be desired, turning him into potentially yet another run of the mill private eye for the b market. But the production values in this were pretty high and it was directed by Michael Curtiz with panache.

Woman comes to Perry Mason played again by William Warren for help because her first husband she thought dead has come back to shake her and her new rich husband down. Her first husband gets his instead, from then on the game is on to find whodunit and why, with some witty if sometimes improbable plot twists along the way. From the outset with Perry and his laconic coroner friend buying lobsters for the creation of a new gastronomic sensation to Errol Flynn's flashback appearance it carries you along on a tide of incessant lighthearted repartee and swift soft focus fade out's and in's. Typecast Allen Jenkins plays Perry's helper the brash and loyal Spudsy in what must be one of his finest performances ever, he weaves in and out of the story as a perfect counterpoint to his boss. Favourite bits: The all-too-short scenes in Luigi's restaurant on that "nutty night"; Perry and the coroner's continual smart ass one liners; the cosy relationship depicted between Perry and the newspaper men; Jenkins getting knocked out by the 2nd husband; Flynn's bit.

It should be a great watch for fans of b&w 30's detective films (and maybe screwball comedies too), I certainly have always enjoyed this 2nd entry in the series. But not to be taken too seriously.


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