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Wives Under Suspicion (1938)

 -  Crime | Drama  -  3 June 1938 (USA)
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A prosecutor trying a case where a husband shot his adulterous wife begins to suspect that his own wife is having an affair, and starts to have his own thoughts about killing her.

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Complete credited cast:
Warren William ...
District Attorney Stowell
Gail Patrick ...
Lucy Stowell
Constance Moore ...
Elizabeth
William Lundigan ...
Phil
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Shaw MacAllen
Cecil Cunningham ...
'Sharpy'
Samuel S. Hinds ...
David Marrow
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Kirk
Lillian Yarbo ...
Creola
Jonathan Hale ...
Allison
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A prosecutor trying a case where a husband shot his adulterous wife begins to suspect that his own wife is having an affair, and starts to have his own thoughts about killing her.

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Crime | Drama

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3 June 1938 (USA)  »

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A Razão Porque Matou  »

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$220,000 (estimated)
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Ralph Morgan's brother Frank Morgan starred in the original version, _Kiss Before The Mirror, The (1933)_, albeit in a different role. See more »

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Lucy Stowell: [In reference to dimwitted black cook Creola] At least she can cook, which is more than you can say for most of them.
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When Murder was Still a Gentleman's Game
25 July 2004 | by (Las Cruces, New Mexico) – See all my reviews

This is a truly original story. Granted, it was done in 1938, but I haven't seen anything quite like it since. That's unusual for Hollywood.

Warren Williams is an obsessed District Attorney who is incapable of any human feeling toward the people he prosecutes. And then a case comes along. A refined, educated, teacher kills his wife in a moment of mad jealousy. Warren has no mercy for him. Coaxes him into a confession with the ultimate goal of executing him.

The gimmick in this story is that, during the trial, he realizes that he is living a parallel life. He has neglected his own wife and come to believe that she is having an affair. After following her to a friends house, he finds himself with a pistol in his hand - a perfect parallel to the case he is trying. It changes his life.

Warren Williams has a tendency to overact, but to hear him bellow in the courtroom, and cackle with glee when he pulls one over on his adversaries, is not to be missed. There is one caution. Is it possible to be too sophisticated? All the other actors are unremarkable, with the exception of Lillian Yarbo who plays the maid. Her lines and expressions are priceless.

If, like me, you long for the days when Hollywood took the time to actually write a coherent script. A time when dialogue really meant something. A time when you second guessed the story and paid attention to the actors - instead of the special effects, take time out for this one. If you can find it.


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