During the Great Depression, a wealthy banker throws away his wife's expensive fur coat; it lands on the head of a stenographer, leading to everyone assuming she is his mistress and has access to his millions.
A newspaper man, his ignored fiancée, and his former employee a down on his luck reporter hatch an elaborate scheme to turn a false news story into the truth, to stop a high-society woman from suing for libel.
Relations between Dr. 'Brad' Bradford and ex-wife Paula are surprisingly romantic. They divorced because Brad hated being dragged into murder mysteries, to which mystery writer Paula is addicted. But through horse trainer Mike North, Brad is embroiled in the case of a jockey who died of "heart failure" during a race. As they pursue clues, Paula pursues Brad for remarriage, and assorted hoods pursue the Bradfords. Written by
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Dr. Lawrence Bradford:
Did you realize for the last three months we were married you kept me so busy running down clues that I spent more time at the morgue than I did at my office? And they weren't my patients, either! Ha ha! Beat you to that one, didn't I?
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Jean Arthur was a fixture of local TV when old movies were the cheapest thing to show. And she was one of its greatest treasures.
We don't see her so much lately. Therefore, it's a delight to catch "The Ex-Mrs. Bradford." Not that it's a great movie. It's a decent movie. It's very much in the mold of romantic thrillers of its time. The presence of William Powell as Arthur's ex recalls the Thin Man series. This isn't quite up to those.
But Jean look gorgeous. If Harry Cohn indeed said she was "half-angel, half-horse," we see only the angel here. Interestingly, this is an RKO release.
The race track theme is somewhat entertaining. It's also standard for this type of movie at this time.
Eric Blore serves an important purpose: He establishes the Bradfords as wealthy people who might have a butler. Otherwise, Glenda Farrell or any number of B- plays could have been plugged into the Arthur role and it'd have been essentially the same old mildly entertaining semi-mystery. Arthur and Powell, though, elevate it. It's a somewhat more than mildly entertaining semi-mystery.
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