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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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Sally Reardon
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William Reardon
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Lola Fraser
Frances Drake ...
Anne Calhoun
Jerome Cowan ...
Nick Shane
Robert Paige ...
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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Comedy | Mystery

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As originally shot, the script contained a sizable role for Rita Hayworth. When, however, it was decided that this film was to be the first of a series, the studio eliminated Hayworth's role rather than have a third major character who, like Joan Blondell and Melvyn Douglas, would be committed to the series. In any event, Blondell withdrew from the planned series, and all but three seconds of Hayworth's role landed on the cutting-room floor. She speaks two words on-screen and 5 words on an intercom off-screen. See more »

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Followed by There's That Woman Again (1939) See more »

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The Stars and Stripes Forever
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Written by John Philip Sousa
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Blondell Does Sherlock
22 March 2014 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

Comparisons with the Thin Man are inevitable. But if Bill Reardon (Douglas) can be taken as Nick Charles' slick, well-composed brother, Sally Reardon (Blondell) can only be taken as Nora Charles' rowdy, very distant cousin. It's Blondell as Blondell, sassy, madcap, and irresistible. Still, how funny you find her many pratfalls may depend on comedic taste. The humor here is much broader than the dry, sarcastic wit of Powell and Loy. Also, unlike the Charles's who work as a team, the Reardons often work at head-butting cross-purposes, even if they do get results.

Here Sally goes to work for mystery woman Lola Fraser (Astor), and ends up involved in a murder. Bill ends up working the same case but as a police detective. Seems as though he'll have to arrest Sally if she doesn't change her headstrong ways—fat chance. As a whodunit, the movie only partially succeeds since screen time is mainly taken up with Sally's shenanigans. Still, things do move along briskly, while Blondell maintains the energy level. No, they're not the understated Nick and Nora, but the movie's generally entertaining enough.


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