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Journal of a Crime (1934)

Approved | | Drama | 10 March 1934 (USA)
A wife shoots her husband's mistress. Afterwards, she is tormented by guilt when someone else is blamed for the crime.

Director:

William Keighley

Writers:

F. Hugh Herbert (screen play), Charles Kenyon (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ruth Chatterton ... Francoise Moliet
Adolphe Menjou ... Paul Moliet
Claire Dodd ... Odette Florey
George Barbier ... Chautard
Douglass Dumbrille ... Germaine Cartier (as Douglas Dumbrille)
Noel Madison ... Costelli
Henry O'Neill ... Doctor
Phillip Reed ... Young Man at Party
Henry Kolker ... Henri Marcher
Frank Reicher ... Herr Winterstein
Edward McWade ... Rigaud
Walter Pidgeon ... Florestan
Frank Darien Frank Darien ... Stage Manager
Clay Clement Clay Clement ... Inspector
Elsa Janssen ... Frau Winterstein (as Elsa Jansen)
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Storyline

A wife shoots her husband's mistress. Afterwards, she is tormented by guilt when someone else is blamed for the crime.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

When another woman steps in and takes the man you love...right out of your arms.....-would you kill? (Print Ad-Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, ((Pittsburgh, Penna.)) 1 March 1934)

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

10 March 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Diário de um Crime See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Leila Bennett (Maid) is supposed to be in this film, but she was not seen. Mollet's maid, Helene, did not look or sound like Bennett. See more »

Goofs

Douglass Dumbrille is credited as "Douglas Dumbrille" in the titles. See more »

Quotes

Chautard: She'll slide down the bannisters if I say so.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits are shown on the pages of a book, a reference to the "journal" in the title. See more »

Connections

Remake of Une vie perdue (1933) See more »

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Lovers triangle
5 April 2017 | by ksf-2See all my reviews

Apparently a remake of the french "Un Vie Perdue" ( A Life Lost), at the heart of this one is Paul (Adolphe Menjou), who is married to Francoise (Ruth Chatterton). He has a "thing" with his co-worker Odette (Claire Dodd)... but she wants Paul to choose between herself and the wife. Suddenly, a shot rings out and someone is kaput! Whodunnit? Menjou is the usual quiet, calm, sophisticated guy he always plays. It's even more interesting timing, the making of this version, since 1934 was ALSO the year that they began really enforcing the film production code, with the strict rules of conduct and conversation. I'll not ruin any surprises, so when the viewer has watched it for themselves, he or she can decide if this was made following the stricter Hays rules. The setup for the story is done in the first third of the film, and after that, we watch as events unfold, based on what happened at the very beginning. This was one of the first films directed by William Keighley, and he did a fine job. Shown on Turner Classics now and then. Entertaining enough. Nothing too serious.


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