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There's Always a Woman (1938)

Passed  |   |  Comedy, Mystery  |  20 April 1938 (USA)
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An investigator for the district attorney and his amateur-sleuth wife compete to solve a murder mystery.

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Lola Fraser
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Anne Calhoun
Jerome Cowan ...
Nick Shane
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Jerry Marlowe
Thurston Hall ...
District Attorney
Pierre Watkin ...
Mr. Ketterling
Walter Kingsford ...
Grigson
Lester Matthews ...
Walter Fraser
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An investigator for the District Attorney's office quits to open his own detective agency. However, business is so bad that he finally decides to give it up and go back to his old job. As his wife is at his office closing up, a wealthy society matron walks in with a case: she wants to know if her husband is having an affair with his ex-girlfriend, who is now married. The wife accepts what looks to be an easy case, figuring than she can then persuade her husband to re-start the agency. However, when the client's husband is found murdered, she decides to investigate the murder herself. Her husband has also been assigned by the D.A. to investigate the murder, and he doesn't know that his wife is also on the case. Complications ensue. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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20 April 1938 (USA)  »

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William H. Strauss as "Rent Collector" is listed by a modern source as a cast member in this movie, but that role was played by William Burress. See more »

Quotes

William 'Bill' Reardon: Listen, I gave her a week's salary. Why the extra five dollars?
Sally Reardon: Ten dollars. For being here six months without flirting with you.
William 'Bill' Reardon: Oh yeah, lady, you've been robbed.
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The wife of a detective takes a case of her own
5 December 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Joan Blondell and Melvyn Douglas are Bill and Sally Reardon in "There's Always a Woman," a 1938 screwball comedy. Douglas is a former detective with the D.A.'s office who has opened his own office. However, there are no clients after a few months, so he returns to the D.A. Sally, his wife, is supposed to close the office, but when a Mrs. Fraser (Mary Astor) enters, Sally passes herself as a detective and gets the case - plus a retainer. It then becomes a competition between husband and wife to see which one will solve the case, which becomes more complicated, involving murder and blackmail.

It's hard not to love Joan Blondell is just about anything, and she's excellent in this. She and Douglas make a good team, though in the sequel, it's Virginia Bruce who steps into her role.

The script is witty, and the acting is excellent from all involved. This is no "Thin Man" - there were a few of these husband-wife detective movies that came out after the success of "The Thin Man" - in fact, one try at a series featuring Joel Sloane, a rare book dealer, and his wife, Garda, starred Melvyn Douglas in 1938. None quite measured up, but often these films were entertaining. "There's Always a Woman" is definitely a good one.


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