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The Women in His Life (1933)

Passed | | Crime, Drama, Romance | 8 December 1933 (USA)
A brilliant, successful criminal defense attorney's life is turned upside down when he takes on a case of a murdered woman who turns out to be an old flame who left him 10 years ago.

Director:

George B. Seitz

Writer:

F. Hugh Herbert (original screen play)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Otto Kruger ... Kent 'Barry' Barringer
Una Merkel ... Miss 'Simmy' Simmons
Ben Lyon ... Roger McKane
Isabel Jewell ... Catherine 'Cathy' Watson
Roscoe Karns ... Lester
Irene Hervey ... Doris Worthing
C. Henry Gordon ... Tony Perez
Samuel S. Hinds ... Thomas J. Worthing
Irene Franklin ... Mrs.Florence Steele / Madame Celeste
Muriel Evans ... Molly
Raymond Hatton ... Curly
Jean Howard ... Information Girl
Paul Hurst ... Paul
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A brilliant, successful criminal defense attorney's life is turned upside down when he takes on a case of a murdered woman who turns out to be an old flame who left him 10 years ago.

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Genres:

Crime | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Passed
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 December 1933 (USA) See more »

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The Comeback See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Purnell Pratt is in studio records/casting call lists as "Governer", but the role was played by George Irving. Pratt was not seen in the film. See more »

Quotes

Kent Barringer: In a case like yours, an ounce of showmanship is worth a ton of evidence.
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Soundtracks

We Must Have One More Rum-Tum-Tum
(uncredited)
Composer unknown
Sung a cappella by Roscoe Karns and Irene Franklin
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A great showcase for Kruger
14 December 2007 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Otto Kruger was an excellent actor and this film was a wonderful opportunity for him to demonstrate his skills. The film begins in Kruger's swank office. He's a rich and successful attorney with very few scruples as well as a rather jaded view of life and women. To sum him up, though successful, he's a self-centered jerk.

Into this office arrives a young woman whose father is up on murder charges. Kruger is too busy and way too egocentric to give the young woman a chance--even when he initially agrees to help her. Again and again, she's left waiting for him to get around to listening to her story. However, when he finally does, he is shocked to hear that the murder victim is actually Kruger's ex-wife who'd left him many years before! It seems that Kruger's idealism and sense of compassion left with her and all the old memories of her came flooding back. To make things worse, he learns that she was a horrid person and realizes what a waste his life has been since she left. Kruger then runs to the cemetery where she was buried--even though it was pouring down rain--and throws himself on the grave. A few days later, he turns up in the hospital suffering from the effects of exposure and nearly dies.

During this little episode, the girl's father's case came up in court and because Kruger wasn't there, the man was easily convicted sine it was passed off to a lawyer who was unprepared. When Kruger FINALLY recovers, he feels horrible for what he'd done and vows to make things right.

While this plot sounds a bit melodramatic (and it was), the acting and action were exceptional and the story very engaging. I really don't want to say more--it may spoil the film, but it's a nice story with a very tense ending. It's well worth a look--especially because of Kruger's terrific performance and range.


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