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The Case of the Curious Bride (1935)

Perry interrupts his vacation plans when an ex-girlfriend, now newly married, asks him to help her with murder and bigamy charges.

Director:

Michael Curtiz

Writers:

Tom Reed (screen play), Erle Stanley Gardner (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Warren William ... Perry Mason
Margaret Lindsay ... Rhoda Montaine
Donald Woods ... Carl Montaine
Claire Dodd ... Della Street
Allen Jenkins ... Spudsy Drake
Phillip Reed ... Dr. Millbeck
Barton MacLane ... Detective Lucas
Wini Shaw ... Doris Pender (as Winifred Shaw)
Warren Hymer ... Oscar Pender
Olin Howland ... Coroner Wilbur Strong
Charles Richman ... C. Phillip Montaine
Thomas E. Jackson Thomas E. Jackson ... Toots Howard (as Thomas Jackson)
Errol Flynn ... Gregory Moxley
Robert Gleckler ... Detective Byrd
James Donlan James Donlan ... Detective Fritz
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Storyline

After giving the District Attorney another stinging defeat, Perry plans to take a vacation in China. That is, he was, until Rhoda, his old flame, meets him at a restaurant. Even though she says that she is asking for a friend, Perry can see right through her. It seems that her husband Moxley, who had been allegedly dead for four years, is alive and demanding money as she has married into wealth. The case escalates when the police find the body of Moxley and charge her with the murder. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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Comedy | Crime | Drama | Mystery

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

13 April 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Clue Club #4: The Case of the Curious Bride See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The gun Mason finds in Rhoda's purse is a Colt M1908 Hammerless "Vest Pocket" .25 cal semiautomatic, made in 1928 per the serial number. See more »

Goofs

When Mason walks into Moxley's house and walks up the stairs, there is a beautiful French window behind him, but when his car pulls away later, as seen from the outside, there is no matching french window. See more »

Quotes

Toots Howard: How do you figure it, toots?
Coroner Wilbur Strong: It looks to me like Perry was born with a lot of horseshoes.
Toots Howard: Yes, he always puts one in his glove when he swings a fast one at the D.A.
[laughter]
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Followed by Perry Mason: The Case of the Lethal Lesson (1989) See more »

Soundtracks

Isle of Capri
(1934) (uncredited)
Music by Will Grosz
Played on a record at Mason's cocktail party
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Bright cast, snappy direction in excellent comedy-mystery
9 September 2013 | by csteidlerSee all my reviews

Perry Mason, Celebrity! A whirlwind opening sequence flashes a headline across the screen: "Perry Mason Wins Brilliant Battle of Wits." To celebrate his latest magnificent courtroom victory, Mason and team sweep into a posh restaurant, where the hero waltzes right into the kitchen and starts chopping food, to the delight of the entire kitchen staff.

Warren William is charming, energetic, a bit cocky and rather brilliant as the famous lawyer-detective in this zippy series mystery.

He is aided by Allen Jenkins, at his best as the assistant whose loyalty is invaluable but who would like some of the credit. Claire Dodd is good in a small role as Mason's secretary Della—or is she his girlfriend? She's certainly the only character who can order Mason around, telling him (for example) to go take a shower.

Margaret Lindsay is the "curious bride" of the title, an old friend of Perry's who brings him this new case: she was married four years ago, she says, but her husband disappeared. Now she wants to remarry and needs to prove that that first husband is dead—but she has her doubts. The plot thickens, needless to say, and includes a murder, an empty coffin, and a variety of conversations with the coroner.

Nice directorial flourishes add flair—from showy camera zooms to clever little touches (like the shot of a sign on a door– COUNTY MORGUE – that pans down to a floor mat: WELCOME).

The pace is also very fast, so fast that you can't quite keep up—at least not with Perry Mason, who not only thinks and talks fast but bounds up stairs two at a time.

Sharp dialog and a fairly complicated plot keep things interesting, but it's the enthusiastic cast that make this one especially entertaining.


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