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Manslaughter (1930)

A spoiled young rich girl is sent to prison for accidentally running down a pedestrian. There she learns about a life and people she had never even imagined existed before. Upon her release... See full summary »

Director:

George Abbott

Writers:

George Abbott (screenplay), Alice Duer Miller (novel)
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Cast overview:
Claudette Colbert ... Lydia Thorne
Fredric March ... Dan O'Bannon
Emma Dunn ... Miss Bennett
Natalie Moorhead ... Eleanor Bellington
Richard Tucker ... J.P. Albee, Attorney
Hilda Vaughn ... Louise Evans
G. Pat Collins ... John Drummond
Steve Pendleton ... Bobby (as Gaylord Pendleton)
Stanley Fields ... Peters
Arnold Lucy ... Piers
Ivan F. Simpson ... Morson
Irving Mitchell Irving Mitchell ... Foster
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A spoiled young rich girl is sent to prison for accidentally running down a pedestrian. There she learns about a life and people she had never even imagined existed before. Upon her release, she realizes that she is in love wiht the District Attorney who reluctantly prosecuted her case, a man who was in love with her but who she had previously scorned. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Demanding Everything-giving nothing! Until the Law demands the best ten years of her life- she must pay for one reckless crime! -Sent to Prison by the man she loves, who loves her too! - Can sex, Wealth, Beauty, Social Position Save Her? (Print ad- New Zealand Herald ((Wellington)) 6 December 1930)

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Romance | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 July 1930 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Homicida See more »

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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One of over 700 Paramount productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. See more »

Goofs

When Colbert drives off after being stopped by the traffic cop, we can hear the car's brakes squeal the moment it's out of camera range. See more »

Connections

Alternate-language version of La incorregible (1931) See more »

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Claudette is adorable
17 July 2018 | by HotToastyRagSee all my reviews

Claudette Colbert is so adorable! I know Clara Bow was called the "It Girl," but Claudette Colbert was easily the prettiest, cutest, classiest, most charming actress of the 1930s. And she always wore such beautiful clothes!

In Manslaughter, Claudette plays a spoiled, callous rich girl who enjoys getting her way as often as she does. At a party, she meets and falls in love with Fredric March, the district attorney. Although they are very attracted to each other, their moral outlooks are quite different. Freddie chastises her for bribing a police officer, and she encourages him to skip work in order to party all night long. Then, when Claudette's reckless behavior lands her in court, their love is tested.

It's always so fun to watch pre-code films, and flirtations run off Claudette's tongue effortlessly. The very end is a little silly, but the rest of the movie is a very entertaining drama. If you like early talkies that still carry the feel of silent films, like using title cards and no background music, check this out and get ready to fall in love with Claudette Colbert!


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