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A Slight Case of Murder (1938)

Approved | | Comedy, Crime | 5 March 1938 (USA)
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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Several actors in studio records/casting call lists did not appear or were not identifiable in this movie. These were (with their character names): William Worthington (Banker), Isabel La Mal (French Teacher), Al Bridge (Tony - Factory Worker) and John Harron (Freddie). 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: But first I want you to meet some of the folks and have a little fun, you know. They're old friends of mine... great people!
Mr. Whitewood: I've met some of them already.
Remy Marco: Yeah?
Mr. Whitewood: Some rather whimsical ones.
Remy Marco: Who? Oh... , the only one who sings here is the singer. Never studied a note in his life.
Mr. Whitewood: Yes, I can hear that.
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Referenced in The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz (1974) See more »

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How Dry I Am
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A Comic Gem!
1 June 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Edward G. Robinson stars as an ex-bootlegger who tries to go straight after the repeal of Prohibition. The problem is he decides to stay in the beer business, not knowing his beer is swill. Making matters worse, his dopey daughter is back from school in Europe and her boyfriend is a cop. All hell breaks loose at his rented summer house in Saratoga Springs when the family, his stooges, and some unlucky bank robbers all converge during a big house party. What fun! Ruth Donnelly is good as the wife, Margaret Hamilton has fun as the orphanage director, Bobby Jordan (as little Douglas) is hilarious, as is Paul Harvey as the dyspeptic father. Good cast all around includes Allen Jenkins, Harold Huber, Jane Bryan, Willard Parker, John Litel, and Edward Brophy. Carole Landis is one of the party guests, and the great Betty Compson, an Oscar nominee for The Barker, has a bit part as dark-haired Loretta on the piano bench. Best of all, however, is Robinson who is totally at home in this zany comedy.


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