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A Slight Case of Murder (1938)

 -  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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Comedy | Crime

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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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When Remy drinks from the glass of beer from which Whitewood drank, there is inexplicably more beer in the glass. See more »

Quotes

Nora Marco: It's that grab bag of yours again, Remy.
Remy Marco: Say he hadn't walked around in his bare feet.
Nora Marco: I think we should go up and slip him a Mickey Finn.
Remy Marco: Uh, uh. He's liable to create a taste for them. Marco will talk to him. You go up the front stairs and I'll go up the back.
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Dancing with Tears in My Eyes
(1930) (uncredited)
Music by Joseph A. Burke
Lyrics by Al Dubin
Sung by Harry Seymour, who also played the 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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