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Guilty Hands (1931)

Passed | | Drama, Crime | 22 August 1931 (USA)
A district attorney commits the perfect murder when he kills his daughter's womanizing fiancé and then tries framing the fiancé's lover.

Directors:

W.S. Van Dyke, Lionel Barrymore (uncredited)

Writers:

Bayard Veiller (screenplay), Bayard Veiller (story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Lionel Barrymore ... Richard Grant
Kay Francis ... Marjorie West
Madge Evans ... Barbara 'Babs' Grant
William Bakewell ... Tommy Osgood
C. Aubrey Smith ... Reverend Hastings
Polly Moran ... Aunt Maggie
Alan Mowbray ... Gordon Rich
Forrester Harvey ... Spencer Wilson
Charles Crockett Charles Crockett ... H.G. Smith
Henry A. Barrows Henry A. Barrows ... Harvey Scott (as Henry Barrows)
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Richard Grant is a lawyer who believes that murder under certain circumstances is justifiable. Richard's daughter, Barbara, takes her dad to a dinner party hosted by Richard's old friend, wealthy playboy, Gordon Rich. Gordon tells Richard that he and Barbara plan to marry. Richard threatens Gordon's life if he marries Barbara. Richard is unaware that Barbara has no plans to marry Gordon, and she's in love with Tommy Osgood. Richard enraged of the thought of Barbara marrying Gordon goes into Gordon's room, undetected, and kills him...Has Richard committed the perfect crime? Written by Kelly

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See Barrymore Plan His Perfect Crime- Then try to Prove Him Guilty!!! (Print Ad- Buffalo Courier-Express, ((Buffalo NY)) 22 September 1931) See more »

Genres:

Drama | Crime

Certificate:

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Trivia

This film was first telecast in New Haven CT Monday 4 March 1957 on WNHC (Channel 8), in Altoona PA 26 March 1957 on WFBG (Channel 10), in Honolulu 8 July 1957 on KHVH (Channel 13), in Minneapolis 31 August 1957 on KMGM (Channel 9), in Norfolk VA 5 September 1957 on WTAR (Channel 3), in Philadelphia 3 April 1958 on WFIL (Channel 6), in Kalamazoo 3 May 1958 on WKZO (Channel 3), in Cincinnati 10 June 1958 on WLW-T (Channel 5), in Chicago 4 August 1958 on WBBM (Channel 2), in New York City 15 September 1958 on WCBS (Channel 2), in Phoenix 13 October 1958 on KPHO (Channel 5), in Memphis 28 November 1958 on WHBQ (Channel 13), and in Tampa 3 December 1958 on WFLA (Channel 8). Pre-code situations, some surprisingly dynamite dialogue, and a bizarre twist to the plot have since endeared it to vintage film enthusiasts and it's still occasionally dusted off on cable TV on Turner Classic Movies. See more »

Goofs

A 1918 Victrola does not get "PLUGGED IN", rather it is wound up like a clock. See more »

Soundtracks

Believe Me If All Those Endearing Young Charms
(uncredited)
Traditional music
Played by Kay Francis on harp and Charles Crockett on bass violin
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Lionel Barrymore almost commits the perfect murder...
21 August 2012 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

For the sake of his daughter (Madge Evans), who wants to marry a playboy cad (Alan Mobrary) old enough to be her father, Lionel Barrymore is the lawyer who thinks he can get away with the perfect crime by making it possible for her daughter to marry a wealthy young man (William Bakewell) rather than the unsuitable cad.

The tale is taut, told with bits of humor and suspense on a dark night full of lightning and thunder. The old dark house elements work well within the confines of the contrived plot which has a bit of irony in the final twist which comes in a very abrupt and unexpected ending.

Performances are what you'd expect from a melodramatic film made in '31, and Lionel Barrymore gets his usual chance to chew most of the scenery with some help from Kay Francis as a woman he decides to throw suspicion on. His plan backfires in the final scene.

Interesting, if contrived, it's satisfying enough as a mystery to keep the attention riveted throughout.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 August 1931 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mãos Culpadas See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

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1.20 : 1
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