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Helen and Ken are a pretty strange couple. She is a pathological liar, and he is a scrupulously honest (and therefore unsuccessful) lawyer. Helen starts a new job, and when her employer is found dead, all the (circumstantial) evidence points at her. She is put on trial for murder, and her husband defends her. He thinks she is lying again when she says she didn't do it, and insists she plead that she did, but in self defense. Charlie, a shady, odd character who may or may not know something about what really happened, hangs around the courtroom and jail making rude comments and noises. After Helen is acquitted, he tries to blackmail them. Written by
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"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on May 13, 1940 with Fred MacMurray reprising his film role. See more »
I got the call about 10 o'clock Wednesday morning from the homicide bureau. I found the defendant, I mean, er, the deceased, laying, er, lying face down on the floor, I mean the rug. So I examined the uh, rug, or, er, uh, the body, and found that death was caused by two bullets, fired into his range, I mean, two bullets fired at close range into his lead, er, head.
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As noted in most of the reviews here, Carole Lombard is remarkable in this unique screwball comedy. Although she plays the part of a chronic liar, she brings it off such charm and humor that it's easy to see why her husband, a self-described "stickler for honesty", tolerates her excesses.
I watched this movie without knowing anything about it before-hand (I'd never heard of it, actually), and I'm glad I knew nothing going in. The plot is surprising, with Carole's character spinning her webs and sending events in strange and unexpected directions. So this won't be much of a review: please watch this movie. If you have any fondness for this genre, you'll probably be pleasantly surprised.
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