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A Slight Case of Murder (1938)

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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ruth Donnelly ...
Edward Brophy ...
Harold Huber ...
Eric Stanley ...
Paul Harvey ...
Bobby Jordan ...
Joe Downing ...
Bert Hanlon ...


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 <>

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High finance teaches a racketeer new tactics !


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5 March 1938 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bare et lite mord  »

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In the original theatrical trailer, Edward G. Robinson as himself, talks to Mark Hellinger about this, his forthcoming picture. See more »


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


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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Version of Stop, You're Killing Me (1952) See more »


I'm Like a Fish out of Water
(1937) (uncredited)
Music by Richard A. Whiting
Played offscreen on piano at the party during and after Remy's talk with Nora
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cute little film that tweaks the nose of gangster films
14 July 2005 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is a funny and relatively fast paced gangster comedy--yes I did say "ganster comedy". It's about a gangster boss trying to go legitimate after prohibition was repealed. He tries, unsuccessfully, to market the same horrible beer that sold well during prohibition (the clientèle was less choosy when that's all they had to chose from). The problem is that in addition, bad stuff keeps happening around him that he had nothing to do with, but with his reputation he certainly would get the blame for! Try as he might, bad stuff just keeps happening.

Edward G. Robinson does a very good job with comedy. If you liked this film, try The Whole Town's Talking or Larceny, Inc. to see more of his comic talents.

By the way, I have absolutely no idea why, but the studio remade this film as "Stop, You're Killing Me" in 1952 (with Broderick Crawford in the lead). My advice is just stick with the original--it's better in every way.

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