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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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Genres:

Drama | Mystery | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

9 November 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Testemunha Imprevista See more »

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Budget:

$498,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Film debut of Rosalind Russell. See more »

Goofs

When John is discussing the clues of the case in their living room, Evelyn puts her fists up to her cheeks. In the next angle, they are by her sides. See more »

Quotes

John Prentice: Do you think she's guilty?
Albert - Butler: Well, I'm not so sure, sir.
John Prentice: Why?
Albert - Butler: She hasn't the look, sir.
Charles - Chauffeur: She don't sit for the flashlights, Mr. Prentice. Let's 'em shoot her any ole way with her hair messed and nose shiny.
John Prentice: And if she were guilty?
Albert - Butler: Well, don't you think, sir, that she would try to gain the favor of the public by looking pretty and soft and innocent like?
John Prentice: That's a very shrewd observation, Albert.
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Referenced in Dick Tracy (1945) See more »

Soundtracks

Turkey in the Straw
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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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