Slightly Honorable (1939)

Approved  |   |  Comedy, Crime, Drama  |  22 December 1939 (USA)
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A lawyer is framed for the murder of a young party girl and tries to clear his name.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Russ Sampson
Ann Seymour
Alan Dinehart ...
Commisioner Joyce
Claire Dodd ...
Alma Brehmer
Phyllis Brooks ...
Sarilla Cushing
Miss Ater
George Taylor
Bernard Nedell ...
Pete Godena
Ernest Truex ...
P. Hemingway Collins
Janet Beecher ...
Miss Vlissigen
John Sheehan ...
Mike Daley


Attorney John Webb, is fighting the crooked political-ring headed by newspaper publisher Vincent Cushing and his crony George Joyce, the district attorney. When Alma Brehmer, Cushing's mistress and Webb's former sweetheart, is murdered, Cushing and Joyce try to railroad Webb as the killer. Written by Les Adams <>

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The scene where Sampson rushes in with a "habeas corpus" and the police release Webb when he was being arrested for the murder of his secretary is a complete misconstruing of the procedure. A writ of habeas corpus does not prevent anyone from being arrested. It is used to force a custodial or detention authority to prove that they are lawfully holding the arrested or confined person. A writ would be presented after the person is taken into custody and might possibly result in release if the authority can't produce credible evidence or suspicion to justify the person being held. See more »


Although the character played by Pat O'Brien is unencumbered by marital ties, he wears a wedding ring throughout the film. See more »


Alma Brehmer: Look, there are very few things in my life that I really regret. One of them is the time I wasted on you.
Pete Godena: Cool off, Snow White! Now let's you and me have a nice little heart-to-heart talk, hmm?
Alma Brehmer: What would you use?
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by Irving Actman
Sung by Ruth Terry
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Slightly Tiresome
12 May 2009 | by (Ramsey, NJ) – See all my reviews

Ever get stuck watching a movie and you couldn't wait until it ended? This was one of the few that I've seen. Excruciating is a good word. Only a great cast saves it from a lower rating - makes you wonder what they could have done with better material.

"Slightly Honorable" can't decide if it's a comedy or a mystery picture and fails on both levels - not funny and not very mysterious. Ruth Terry is 'cute and perky' but is an annoying presence. Eve Arden is wasted, as is Edward Arnold. Pat O'Brien does his best but it's not enough. The disjointed storyline is not believable and not worth recounting.

If this picture is shown on a rainy day and you have nothing to do, find a good book.

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