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Slightly Honorable (1939)

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

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Russ Sampson
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Ann Seymour
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Commisioner Joyce
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Alma Brehmer
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Sarilla Cushing
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Miss Ater
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George Taylor
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Pete Godena
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Madder
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P. Hemingway Collins
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Miss Vlissigen
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Mike Daley
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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 <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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WHAT A MURDER!...or even two or three? Here's drama in this ROAR!! See more »


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22 December 1939 (USA)  »

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This was one of two dozen Walter Wanger films re-released theatrically in the 1940s by Masterpiece Productions, and ultimately sold by them for USA television syndication in 1950. It was first telecast in New York City on WCBS Saturday 24 June 1950. See more »

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

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Pete Godena: A penny for your thoughts.
Pete Godena: You're getting generous, Pete.
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Cupid's After Me
Lyrics and music by Jule Styne
Sung by Ruth Terry
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Going On the Defensive
5 November 2005 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Pat O'Brien and Broderick Crawford are a couple of attorneys and political enemies of Boss Edward Arnold who's grown rich on all kinds of graft. They're starting to have people listen to them until a couple of murders get pinned on O'Brien. They're on the defensive after that until those murders are solved.

Tay Garnett manages to strike the right blend of humor and drama to Slightly Honorable. O'Brien, Crawford, and Arnold do well in very familiar roles to them.

One thing that truly was annoying was juvenile Ruth Terry. She's fresh out of bobby sox and O'Brien's a man of the world. Now if she was something slinky and sexy like Lauren Bacall was with Humphrey Bogart or even sophisticated like Myrna Loy with William Powell, the attractiveness would make some sense. But she's frankly just one royal pain. I can't figure out why O'Brien would possibly be interested in her.

Still it's an interesting plot that the audience will find intriguing.


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