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The Case Against Mrs. Ames (1936)

 |  Drama  |  8 May 1936 (USA)
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A beautiful socialite is acquitted of killing her husband only to be sued by her powerful mother-in-law for custody of her own son.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Hope Ames
George Brent ...
Matt Logan
Arthur Treacher ...
Griggsby
Alan Baxter ...
Lou
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Mrs. Livingston Ames
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Lawrence Waterson
Brenda Fowler ...
Mrs. Shumway
Esther Dale ...
Matilda
Edward Brophy ...
Sid
Richard Carle ...
Uncle Gordon
Scotty Beckett ...
Bobbie Ames
...
Cora Lamont
Guy Bates Post ...
Judge John Davis
June Brewster ...
Laurette La Rue
Elvira Curci ...
Jeanette
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A beautiful socialite is acquitted of killing her husband only to be sued by her powerful mother-in-law for custody of her own son.

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Is she an unfit mother?

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8 May 1936 (USA)  »

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A Sombra de Pecado  »

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(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Paramount Pictures production number 1610. See more »

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Matt Logan: I can't be taking my pants off every 15 minutes. I have a murder to solve.
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Relationship between novel plot and screenplay
28 August 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I was left unsure why Arthus Roche's name appeared on the credits. The screenplay bears no resemblance to the novel, and I am driven to the conclusion that using the title of a well known book (and hence having to credit it's author) was thought to be a good way of getting an audience for a second rate low budget movie. Of course, the novel being set in a Broadway of extremely dubious morals wouldn't have gone down too well with the US censor, or with the Hollywood moguls who would would also not have been to keen on the portrayal in the novel of a gangster mixing freely with the Broadway bosses. The issue (seemingly well researched in the novel) of the hardware shop as a front for the supply of weapons to the gangs would have been a bit hard to swallow, but with all those plot changes, why not just write a new screenplay?


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