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The Case of the Curious Bride (1935)

Approved | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | 13 April 1935 (USA)
Perry interrupts his vacation plans when an ex-girlfriend, now newly married, asks him to help her with murder and bigamy charges.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Perry Mason
... Rhoda Montaine
... Carl Montaine
... Della Street
... Spudsy Drake
... Dr. Millbeck
... Detective Lucas
... Doris Pender (as Winifred Shaw)
... Oscar Pender
... Coroner Wilbur Strong
Charles Richman ... C. Phillip Montaine
Thomas E. Jackson ... Toots Howard (as Thomas Jackson)
... Gregory Moxley
... Detective Byrd
James Donlan ... Detective Fritz
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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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In The Case of the Curious Bride (1935), one of Errol Flynn's earliest films, his role consisted of lying on a marble slab as a corpse. There was also a flashback sequence towards the end of the film showing how Flynn was killed. The film in question has appeared at least twice on Turner Classic Movies during Errol Flynn festivals despite his very limited (certainly less than two minutes) screen time. See more »

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In the first scene at Fisherman's Wharf, Perry is picking out crabs, and he says, "Joe, we've decided upon these four antagonistic anthropods." Crabs are arthropods; there is no such thing as an anthropod. See more »

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Coroner Wilbur Strong: [to a morgue assistant] Get a can opener, son. We'll see whether this Moxley died of pneumonia or wild hair.
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Isle of Capri
(1934) (uncredited)
Music by Will Grosz
Played on a record at Mason's cocktail party
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Fast-Paced Perry with Plenty of Bright Dialogue Grafted on to a Thin Plot
13 July 2008 | by See all my reviews

Although Warren William had already played Perry Mason in Alan Crosland's The Case of the Howling Dog (1935), and would continue to play the attorney/detective in The Case of the Lucky Legs and The Case of the Velvet Claws, it's this second outing that all classic film addicts are anxious to view, chiefly because it marks the Hollywood debut of Errol Flynn.

Actually, although Errol's role is important, it's also quite small. He doesn't speak but appears very briefly in a flashback. It's Warren William who steals all the limelight and is given all the brightest lines. With the exception of Olin Howland, the other characters are in the movie simply to supply William with "business"—and this being an "A" production—plenty of it. Even the title heroine, nicely played by Margaret Lindsay, disappears for most of the action. We also see very little of Della Street. It's Mason who makes things happen all the way, as he strides through the vast backlot and studio sets at a frantic pace, trading verbal blows right, left and center.

The speed of the narrative is ingeniously reinforced by a snappy quick-zoom/focus-out editing style (which was picked up in a popular TV series 20 years later). Other credits are likewise highly professional, but, despite all this cinematic dexterity, I feel the movie tends to outstay its welcome. The plot is too thin, and Lindsay's dilemma is not made sufficiently dramatic.


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