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 overview, first billed only:
Hope Ames
George Brent ...
Matt Logan
Arthur Treacher ...
Alan Baxter ...
Mrs. Livingston Ames
Lawrence Waterson
Brenda Fowler ...
Mrs. Shumway
Esther Dale ...
Edward Brophy ...
Richard Carle ...
Uncle Gordon
Scotty Beckett ...
Bobbie Ames
Cora Lamont
Guy Bates Post ...
Judge John Davis
June Brewster ...
Laurette La Rue
Elvira Curci ...


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?







Release Date:

8 May 1936 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Sombra de Pecado  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Child actor Scotty Beckett's problems as an adult included arrests for drunk driving, and a particularly serious accident in 1959 in which he crashed his car into a tree. Ironically, in the 1936 movie "The Case Against Mrs. Ames", Beckett, playing a six-year old boy, crashed his kiddie-car into a tree. See more »


Hope Ames: Stop acting like Philo Vance and tell me why you brought me here.
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21 December 1999 | by (Durham, NH) – See all my reviews

I missed the first five minutes of this film when I saw it on tv in the late 1980's. The interaction between Carroll and Brent make it a classic film of the 1930's. I have waited for years for it to come out on VHS, but to no avail. Reluctant love is truly a great theme and one that is well treated in this film with the two great matinee idols of the depression decade.

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