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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Complete credited cast:
Lola Fraser
Frances Drake ...
Anne Calhoun
Jerome Cowan ...
Nick Shane
Robert Paige ...
Jerry Marlowe
Thurston Hall ...
District Attorney
Pierre Watkin ...
Mr. Ketterling
Walter Kingsford ...
Lester Matthews ...
Walter Fraser


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

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20 April 1938 (USA)  »

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Min fru detektiven  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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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 »


William 'Bill' Reardon: Tell me something, Snooks. If I'm as smart as you say, how did I happen to fall for a dumb dame like you?
Sally Reardon: Believe me, I've sat up nights worrying about just that thing.
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This is not what I would call Entertaining
8 September 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie was supposed to be the first of a series of movies with JOAN BLONDELL and MELVYN DOUGLAS playing the same man and wife parts, but BLONDELL opted out and another actress took her place. It isn't any mystery to me why she opted out. I found the husband part played by DOUGLAS to be rude, I could actually say in parts he behaved like a pig. I don't know. Perhaps men treated their wives in a different manner way back then that was condoned by the general public, but I was shocked. I mean, I know they probably wanted a different tack then the Nick & Nora approach (William Powell & Myrna Loy), but this just didn't work for me. I've always really, really enjoyed all of the roles Melvyn Douglas played. He's always seemed to play a "frisky" sort of fellow, but always a gentleman. In Mr. Blanding Dream House you actually wished he was your friend, too. But I had a different feeling towards him after watching this movie. It's any wonder BLONDELL didn't want to resurrect the role again.

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