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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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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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3 June 1938 (USA)  »

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A Razão Porque Matou  »

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Ladislas Fodor's play opened in Vienna, Austria, during September 1932. 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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Version of The Kiss Before the Mirror (1933) See more »

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The quality of mercy
8 June 2013 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Warren William stars in this 1938 drama from Universal about a hard driving law and order District Attorney who gets a chance to reflect on his own attitudes and display the quality of mercy as the Bard put it. It's not an easy thing for him to do by any means.

His chance comes when he prosecutes shy and retiring political science professor Ralph Morgan who in a fit of jealous rage shot his unfaithful wife. William gets a confession out of him and goes full blast to give him the electric chair even with high priced defense attorney Samuel S. Hinds working for Morgan.

What brings him to a reassessment of the case and his attitudes is an Othello like episode in his own life. There's no Iago in the film egging William on, but he develops an almost insane jealousy about his wife Gail Patrick and a young neighbor William Lundigan. And unlike Morgan it's all in his own mind.

Some good attention should be paid for Cecil Cunningham as William's girl Friday assistant in his office who lives up to her character name of 'Sharpy' with some very devastating lines. But stealing the film whenever he's on screen is Ralph Morgan. Such a pitiable creature he is you can't conceive of someone like him going to the chair.

The film takes some interesting attitudes, not popular at this time about the death penalty. Wives Under Suspicion is a fine drama and comes highly recommended.


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