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Crown v. Stevens (1936)

TV-G | | Crime, Thriller | 3 August 1936 (UK)
When an ex-dancer marries a man for his money she is suprised find he is a real skinflint. She owes a lot of money to a loan-shark who is after her. However, her husband does carry a lot of... See full summary »

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(from the novel: "Third Time Unlucky") (as Lawrence Meynell), (screen play)
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Beatrix Thomson ...
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Chris Jensen
Glennis Lorimer ...
Miss Molly Hobbes
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Alf
Allan Jeayes ...
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Frederick Piper ...
Arthur Stevens
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Ella Levine
Mabel Poulton ...
Mamie
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When an ex-dancer marries a man for his money she is suprised find he is a real skinflint. She owes a lot of money to a loan-shark who is after her. However, her husband does carry a lot of insurance ... Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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3 August 1936 (UK)  »

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Third Time Unlucky  »

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This film had its U. S. television premiere on Turner Classic Movies on 17 September 2007 during TCM's festival of films made by Warner Brothers at Teddington Studios in the UK. See more »

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Doris says she took a revolver with her to threaten the moneylender, but the weapon she had that night was an automatic. See more »

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[last lines]
Doris Stevens: [looking first at her intended victim, then around the room] Well, so long. I'll see you all at the trial.
[turning to the detective]
Doris Stevens: Or will I have two?
[she takes another drag on her cigarette and exits, followed by the detective]
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She's a Latin from Manhattan
(1935) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Played as dance music in the dance hall
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okay entry from Teddington
22 March 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

As part of TCM's rolling out of films from Teddington, a small British studio, "Crown vs. Stevens," a 1936 film was shown. These Teddington movies are done on the cheap, with poor production values, no names in the cast, and made very quickly. Nevertheless, the studio managed to pull them off with some good results here and there.

The very handsome Patric Knowles, who would soon come to Hollywood, plays a man taken advantage of by his fiancée - she takes off on him before he's paid for her ring, which she refuses to return. His nasty cheapskate employer won't give him a raise or an advance, so he's forced to go to the seller to explain that he can't pay. He's promptly threatened with legal action if he doesn't show up with the money. When he returns, sans money, he finds a woman has just killed the man and burned his books. It turns out to be his boss' wife, and she begs for his silence. He finds himself in a moral dilemma.

This movie held my interest and has a very satisfying denouement. We see so many B movies done in the U.S., why not some from Britain as well? Teddington isn't big on glamor and stars but seems to have tried for decent stories.


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