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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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FUN!!! Dizzy, fast-paced and silly -- I loved it!
20 January 1999 | by See all my reviews

This is the only Warren William Perry Mason movie I've seen so far, and I thought it was a lot of fun! It gallops along at a breakneck pace, partly thanks to its super-kinetic (and rather disorienting) editing. William and Dodd bring a really delicious tongue-in-cheek camaraderie to the roles of Perry and Della, while Mayo Methot (was she already married to Bogart?)has a lot of fun with the small part of Florabelle. The coroner is not to be missed, by the way!

It is fascinating to see what a different interpretation of the character of Perry Mason William gives; he seems to be drawing as much on his previous performance as Philo Vance as on anything in the books. Naturally, this makes him nothing at all like Raymond Burr's Mason. (And he's in San Francisco, by the way, not Los Angeles.) I certainly missed the gravitas and moral authority that Burr gave the part, but William is hilarious and highly professional, pulling off a performance not unlike that of a drunken tightrope walker working without a net with aplomb and smooth daring-do.

The murder (of Errol Flynn, no less!) is incidental.


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