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Evelyn Prentice (1934)

Passed | | Drama, Mystery, Romance | 9 November 1934 (USA)
The neglected wife of a high profile attorney dallies with a unscrupulous womanizer and finds herself involved in blackmail and murder.

Director:

William K. Howard

Writers:

Lenore J. Coffee (screen play), W.E. Woodward (from the book by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
William Powell ... John Prentice
Myrna Loy ... Evelyn Prentice
Una Merkel ... Amy Drexel
Rosalind Russell ... Mrs. Nancy Harrison
Isabel Jewell ... Judith Wilson
Harvey Stephens ... Lawrence Kennard
Edward Brophy ... Eddie Delaney
Henry Wadsworth ... Chester Wylie
Cora Sue Collins ... Dorothy Prentice
Frank Conroy ... Dist. Atty. Farley
Jessie Ralph ... Mrs. Blake
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Storyline

Evelyn Prentice is the respected wife of a high-profile New York attorney. Despite the prestige and status she enjoys, she feels neglected and out of boredom becomes involved with an unscrupulous womanizing poet, who gives her the attention she craves. She eventually finds herself a victim of blackmail and becomes involved in his murder. When another woman is accused of the crime, she begs her husband to defend her. Written by duke1029

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Taglines:

Stars of "The Thin Man" In A Startling Drama of Modern Marriage! (Print Ad- Syracuse Journal, ((Syracuse NY)) 8 November 1934) See more »

Genres:

Drama | Mystery | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Trivia

The third of 14 films pairing William Powell and Myrna Loy. See more »

Goofs

In the last scene of the film, as John and Evelyn are at Dorothy's bedside, Evelyn's position at the side of the bed keeps changing from shot to shot. See more »

Quotes

John Prentice: [to Evelyn] Darling, I'll get a nice cocktail. It'll be good for you.
[to Amy]
John Prentice: Can I bring you one?
Amy Drexel: One? Bring up the jug!
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Connections

Referenced in Dick Tracy (1945) See more »

Soundtracks

Lullaby (Wiegenlied)
(1868) (uncredited)
Written by Johannes Brahms
Played when Myrna Loy discovers Cora Sue Collins asleep
Later played on piano by Collins and sung by her and William Powell
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If you like Powell and Loy, catch this one.
14 March 2007 | by mkilmerSee all my reviews

In EVELYN PRENTICE, I saw the importance of family and the real meaning of "'til death do us part," from the standard marriage vows. Work comes between John and Evelyn Prentice (William Powell and Myrna Loy). A sweet-talker comes between John and Evelyn Prince. Their daughter Dorothy brings them together, as does love.

As simple as this sounds, as possibly hokey, it mattered in 1935, and it made for a good movie. It matters in the 21st Century, as well, and the movie is still good.

The villain in this film is portrayed as totally devoid of value, his killing beneficial to the human race. Vigilante justice is an uneasy concept, but it works. The sleazy sweet-talker is shot, and John Prentice is the best attorney around.

If you like Powell and Loy beyond the Thin Man series, and there are several great ones, you'll enjoy this. Powell's character is a sophisticated as ever, Loy's as fantastically intelligent.

My wife and I enjoyed this film.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

9 November 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Budget:

$498,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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