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Wives Under Suspicion (1938)

Approved  |   |  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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District Attorney Stowell
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Lucy Stowell
Constance Moore ...
Elizabeth
William Lundigan ...
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Shaw MacAllen
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Samuel S. Hinds ...
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Kirk
Lillian Yarbo ...
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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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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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Anything but an original story
31 July 2004 | by (San Francisco) – See all my reviews

Walter Huston famously said that he wasn't paid to sell good lines, but to put across bad ones. He often did. So did Warren William. For both of them, putting across bad lines frequently involved overacting. It's a bit difficult to believe WW being overcome by passion of any sort, and especially any aroused by his boring (though gracious) clothes-horse of a wife (Gail Patrick) in "Wives Under Suspicion," the tame and uninspired 1939 remake by James Whale of his more visually striking "Kiss Before the Mirror" made only five years earlier, but, presumably, too risqué to be rereleased after the Motion Picture Production Code began to be enforced.

Frank Morgan switched roles from defense attorney in the first to defendant in this one, and, unfortunately, Gloria Stuart and Walter Pidgeon did not return. The story is mechanical and has coincidences that strain credulity, but Warren William gave it his all. The only interesting touch was the courtroom set with the judge raised to an exaggerated height.


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