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A Slight Case of Murder (1938)

Approved  |   |  Comedy, Crime  |  5 March 1938 (USA)
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Former bootlegger Remy Marco has a slight problem with forclosing bankers, a prospective son-in-law, and four hard-to-explain corpses.

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Remy Marco, Prohibition beer baron, figures he'll do even better after repeal. Only trouble is, his beer tastes terrible. (He drinks no beer himself and nobody dares tell him). Four years later, when he's about bankrupt, he visits his summer home in Saratoga, complete with: 1) a dead-end-kid orphan; 2) his daughter's fiance...a state trooper!, 3) the bodies of four gangsters who planned to ambush Remy but had a shootout; 4) half a million in loot they hid in the house...just the amount Remy needs to get out of hock. The comic confusion mounts... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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High finance teaches a racketeer new tactics !

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5 March 1938 (USA)  »

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Bare et lite mord  »

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The play opened on Broadway in New York City, New York, USA on 11 September 1935 and closed in October 1935 after 69 performances. The opening night cast included John Harrington as Remy Marco and Georgia Caine as Nora Marco. Future screen star 'José Ferrer (I)' played a Policeman. See more »

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The name of Robinson's character is spelled "Marko" throughout the movie on signs, on his beer, on his office door, and by the character himself, but the name is spelled "Marco" in the closing credits. See more »

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Remy Marco: Now you heard me, stick here. Now, you're getting spoiled. Always thinking of your own pleasure. Come on, boys.
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It Had to Be You
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Music by Isham Jones
Lyrics by Gus Kahn
Sung by Edward G. Robinson and Harry Seymour with Seymour on piano
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A GREAT comedy!
10 May 2000 | by (S. Bound Brook, NJ) – See all my reviews

Edward G. Robinson has been typecast so often as "THE gangster", that it's quite unusual to see him in a COMEDY!

A gangster who owns a brewery decides to "go straight" and become "respectable" (along with his unwilling gang); and all sorts of funny things happen: his daughter wants to marry a state trooper (!), bodies show up in his house, etc.

As the other reviewer said, many people don't like this film, but *I* found it thoroughly enjoyable!

If you want to see Robinson in an even BETTER comedy, check out "The Whole Town Is Talking", where he plays a dual role: Public Enemy # 1, and a timid clerk who happens to be a dead ringer for him!

Norm


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