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Journal of a Crime (1934)

TV-PG | | 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.



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Complete credited cast:
... Francoise Moliet
... Paul Moliet
... Odette Florey
... Chautard
... Germaine Cartier (as Douglas Dumbrille)
... Costelli
... Doctor
... Young Man at Party
... Henri Marcher
... Herr Winterstein
... Rigaud
... Florestan
Frank Darien ... Stage Manager
Clay Clement ... Inspector
... Frau Winterstein (as Elsa Jansen)


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

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10 March 1934 (USA)  »

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Diário de um Crime  »

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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 »


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


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 »


Remake of Une vie perdue (1933) See more »

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Weak Ending to Ruth Chatterton's Career at Warner Bros.
22 July 2005 | by See all my reviews

Looking at "Journal of a Crime," there is not much there, a short movie with too may gauzy shots of Chatterton attempting to look younger then she was. The contrast between this movie and "Female" is night and day. The fact that in this movie crime is not punished, a criminal seeming to get away with it, was not that unusual before July 1, 1934, when the Breen office started strict enforcement of the Production Code. Check out "Upperworld," another Warner movie released in early 1934 (and showing on TCM in September 2005). "Journal of a Crime" had a release date in March 1934. Chatterton was an above the title star, whose name was enough to bring in customers. Aside from her salary, Warner Bros. did not put much money in Chatterton's last starring role. Jack Warner probably made sure this movie was finished in 3 weeks within its meager budget. Chatterton's movie career was effectively buried until Turner started to release Pre-Code movies, first on the Forbidden Hollywood series of movies (which included "Female") and then on TCM.

By the time Warner Bros. released "Journal of a Crime," Ruth Chatterton was history on the Warners lot, her contract not renewed in February 1934, along with another troublesome actor, Richard Barthelmess. Both had protested the major studios' plan to reduce salaries for talent across the board in 1933, and both paid the price. Ruth Chatterton was earning over $375,000 a year when Warners let her go, the ostensible reason being that she hadn't had a hit since Frisco Jenny. Chatterton's husband at the time, George Brent, still under Warner's contract, then refused an assignment to work as co-star in 'Mandalay" and was put on indefinite suspension while the lawyers hashed things out. Although Chatterton appeared in a few more movies for other studios after her departure from Warners, her film career was pretty much over after this movie. For that matter, First National Pictures, which was a separate production unit at Warners, was merged into Warner Bros. in 1934. First National's production supervisor, Hal Wallis, had taken over Darryl Zanuck's job when Zanuck left Warner Bros. to protest the unfairness of cutting in half the pay of many studio employees in 1933 while top management kept their salaries in full. Warners was a studio with a mission to cut expenses, requiring movies to be made in 18 days (3 weeks, in the 6 long day movie studio work week, until overtime laws covered Hollywood craft workers in 1939) and trying to keep down the salaries of acting talent. Chatterton cost too much, her contract was up and she was out in the new, penny pinching Hollywood.

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