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The Case of the Lucky Legs (1935)

Approved  |   |  Comedy, Crime, Mystery  |  5 October 1935 (USA)
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A con man who stages phony "lucky legs" beauty contests and leaves town with the money is found with a surgical knife in his heart by Mason.

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Patricia Ellis ...
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Dr. Bob Doray
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Police Chief Bisonette (as Barton Mac Lane)
Peggy Shannon ...
Thelma Bell
Porter Hall ...
Col. Bradbury
Anita Kerry ...
Eva Lamont
Craig Reynolds ...
Frank Patton
Henry O'Neill ...
District Attorney Manchester
Charles C. Wilson ...
Police Officer Ricker (as Charles Wilson)
Joseph Crehan ...
Detective Johnson
Olin Howland ...
Dr. Croker
Mary Treen ...
Spudsy's Wife
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Frank Patton is the promoter of the Lucky Legs Contest. The problem is that he always skips town before paying the $1000 to the winner. Mr. Bradbury, suitor of Cloverdale winner Margie, hires intoxicated Perry Mason to find Frank. Perry knows the scheme that Patton is using and has Spudsy find him, but Frank is dead when Perry arrives. The how is a surgeons scalpel, but the who is not yet known. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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Comedy | Crime | Mystery

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Clue Club #5: The Case of the Lucky Legs  »

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In the trailer Patricia Ellis is described as "She's the mystery girl in 'The Case of the Lucky Legs,' and all her brains are BELOW the knees. When she steps out, the fun begins." See more »

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When Johnson takes the phone to talk to Mason, he puts his right hand inside his oat, but in the next action cut it in outside the coat by his side. See more »

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Detective Johnson: Who was that on the phone?
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Great fun!
20 September 2012 | by (Upstate New York) – See all my reviews

THE CASE OF THE LUCKY LEGS (1935) is a delightful entry into the Warren William "Perry Mason" series. It's a breezy murder-mystery that's full of silliness. William is great as the unorthodox attorney and Genevieve Tobin is simply wonderful as his trusty secretary Della Street.

William brings levity to the Perry Mason character, pulling the strings and solving the case while having a blast. Tobin is a comedic revelation in her turn as Della Street. Her performance is flirty and witty and daffy and hilarious as she handles Mason's office while he's away. Tobin is a great comedienne, and lovely, too. (She calls to mind that other great comedienne, Joan Blondell. Something around the eyes, I think.) Each "Perry Mason" film brought a new actress to play Della Street opposite Warren William, but Tobin really makes an impression in this entry.

The mystery starts with a "Lucky Legs" competition racket and soon involves a murder and several suspects. Pretty young Warner Bros. contract player Patricia Ellis plays the latest winner of the "nicest legs" scam, who (along with doctor boyfriend Lyle Talbot) might be the murderer in question. Perry Mason is on the case, along with his associate on the street, Spudsy (Allen Jenkins). The supporting cast also includes familiar faces like Porter Hall, Olin Howland, Barton MacLane, and Henry O'Neill.

With the plot built around a "nicest legs" competition, you can bet there'll be a lot of gams on display and Warner Bros. does not disappoint. The opening scene at the Lucky Legs finals features a parade of anonymous shapely limbs. Perry Mason is even shown Ellis's neck-down contest submission photo, allowing him to later identify the girl by her $1000 legs.

THE CASE OF THE LUCKY LEGS is a quick murder-mystery programmer, but the writing and the performances are so much fun that I couldn't help but give the movie a 7/10.


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