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Roland Pertwee (scenario) &
Robert Stevenson (scenario)
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31 July 1939 (USA) See more »
A financier is accused of murder when his brother-in-law is found dead in his garden pond. After winning... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Clive Brook is on trial for murdering his brother-in-law for money See more (3 total) »


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Clive Brook ... Sir Hubert Ware
Jane Baxter ... Lady Ware
Barry K. Barnes ... Michael Adye
C.V. France ... Judge
Francis L. Sullivan ... Prosecuting Attorney
Frank Cellier ... Skinner
Edward Rigby ... Tommy Bold

Peter Bull ... Eustace Ede
Dorothy Seacombe ... Mrs. Slade
Athene Seyler ... Mrs. Pinto
Elliott Mason ... Jury Woman
Wallace Evennett ... Munnings (as Wallace Evenett)
J.R. Lockwood ... Denny
Glen Alyn ... Claire
Peggy Novak ... Maid

John Laurie ... Henson
Wally Patch ... Taxi Driver
Alf Goddard ... Attendant

Ernest Thesiger ... Carter
Charles Paton ... Foreman
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Valentine Dunn ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Victor Harrington ... Barrister (uncredited)
John Mortimer ... Youth (uncredited)

Directed by
Robert Stevenson 
Writing credits
Roland Pertwee (scenario) &
Robert Stevenson (scenario)

George Pleydell Bancroft  play (uncredited)
E.V.H. Emmett  additional dialogue (uncredited)

Produced by
Michael Balcon .... producer
S.C. Balcon .... associate producer
Original Music by
Ernest Irving 
Cinematography by
Ronald Neame (photography)
Film Editing by
Charles Saunders 
Art Direction by
Oscar Friedrich Werndorff  (as O.F. Werndorff)
Costume Design by
Molly Nicholson 
Production Management
Frederick James .... production manager
Sound Department
Stephen Dalby .... sound
Eric Williams .... sound
Stephen Dalby .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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79 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Photophone)
Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (2013)

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This film's earliest documented telecast occurred Monday 20 August 1945 on New York City's pioneer television station WNBT (Channel 1).See more »
Tommy Bold:You wouldn't see a poor old bloke what's coughin' hisself into an early grave without giving him a trifle, now would you eh?
Eustace Ede:Begging is a criminal offence. Be off with you and kindly leave by the tradesman's entrance or I'll give you in charge.
Tommy Bold:And you call yourself a gentleman!
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Clive Brook is on trial for murdering his brother-in-law for money, 24 April 2016
Author: msroz from United States

"The Ware Case" (1938) is an early and effective Britnoir, now released on a good-looking DVD as an Ealing Studio rarity. This is a rather talky movie, a factor that works against it but does have the virtue of allowing a richness of characterization and emotional shifts that might otherwise be lacking. This is also a mystery, with a murder being the heart of it. Hubert Ware (played by Clive Brook) is on trial for murdering his brother-in-law as a way of getting money to pay off his debts and support his style of life as an aristocrat. Is he guilty or not? The cast is uniformly up to the task of putting across this movie based on a stage play. Brook's wife, Jane Baxter, and his barrister, Barry K. Barnes, both are right into their parts. Francis L. Sullivan plays the attorney for the prosecution. Peter Bull is the victim. John Laurie, memorable from "The 39 Steps", puts in an appearance. Edward Rigby with a heavy accent has a more stereotyped character. Clive Brook has a difficult part and role to shoulder, with many lines and some very good quips. His timing is flawless. I also reviewed him recently in "Scotland Yard Commands" (1936) in which he was also strong.

The director, Robert Stevenson, is one sign of this film's quality. I knew his name from a number of very good film noirs that he did, but his credits are very varied. You usually cannot go wrong if he has directed a film.

I'd rate this at 7.5 if I could.

The movie has been opened out more than sufficiently with varied scenes and locales so that it doesn't feel stagy to me at all. More importantly, the depth of the story sneaks up on you, and with it its noir character. Both bloom as the story progresses, leading to a satisfying conclusion.

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