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The Case of the Lucky Legs (1935)

Approved | | Comedy, Crime, Mystery | 5 October 1935 (USA)
A con man who stages phony "lucky legs" beauty contests and leaves town with the money is found with a surgical knife in his heart by Mason.

Director:

Archie Mayo (as Archie L. Mayo)

Writers:

Brown Holmes (screenplay), Ben Markson (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Warren William ... Perry Mason
Genevieve Tobin ... Della Street
Patricia Ellis ... Margie Florence Clune
Lyle Talbot ... Dr. Bob Doray
Allen Jenkins ... Spudsy Drake
Barton MacLane ... Police Chief Bisonette (as Barton Mac Lane)
Peggy Shannon ... Thelma Bell
Porter Hall ... Col. Bradbury
Anita Kerry Anita Kerry ... Eva Lamont
Craig Reynolds ... Frank Patton
Henry O'Neill ... District Attorney Manchester
Charles C. Wilson ... Police Officer Ricker (as Charles Wilson)
Joseph Crehan ... Detective Johnson
Olin Howland ... Dr. Croker
Mary Treen ... Spudsy's Wife
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Storyline

Frank Patton is the promoter of the Lucky Legs Contest. The problem is that he always skips town before paying the $1000 to the winner. Mr. Bradbury, suitor of Cloverdale winner Margie, hires intoxicated Perry Mason to find Frank. Perry knows the scheme that Patton is using and has Spudsy find him, but Frank is dead when Perry arrives. The how is a surgeons scalpel, but the who is not yet known. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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Comedy | Crime | Mystery

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 October 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Clue Club #5: The Case of the Lucky Legs See more »

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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Supporting players Barton MacLane and Lyle Talbot would later appear in Perry Mason (1957), starring Raymond Burr. See more »

Goofs

When Johnson takes the phone to talk to Mason, he puts his right hand inside his coat, but in the next action cut it is outside the coat by his side. See more »

Quotes

Perry Mason: [Ridiculing Doray when he finds him alone in his hotel room] All alone in the bridal suite?
[He guffaws]
Perry Mason: You must love yourself.
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Followed by Perry Mason: The Case of the Shooting Star (1986) See more »

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You're an Eyeful of Heaven
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"Bradford. Bradbottom. Bradley. .."
3 July 2009 | by BaronBl00dSee all my reviews

As one other reviewer noted, The Case of the Lucky Legs seems to be a bit more concerned with laughs than mystery. I concur. Mason is portrayed as a lush with tendencies to make a pass at virtually any woman he meets. His assistant Spudsy Drake played by Allen Jenkins almost borders on farce at times as he tries to pick a fight in an airport and has things thrown at him by his wife. These are just two scenes where director Archie Mayo goes for much more broader humour than seen in the first two Mason films in the series. Perry gets sick on a flight, passes a cold to everyone he meets, and does his final summation in his offices to a slew of people while being given a physical as well. These comedic touches don't really detract from the film and make it a pretty entertaining film when added to the mystery - a lesser one than previously used in the two earler mason films. This time Perry must try and a help a Colonel Bradbury and the winner of a legs contest who have been swindled and duped by a conman who takes a powder after the contest with all the loot from the contest. Mason keeps mixing Bradbury's name throughout the whole film after meeting him from his floor bed in his office after a late night bender. Warren William again is the epitome of suave wit and charm releasing one-liners with great accuracy. His performance and, I might add, his worth as an actor, greatly aid this film and the other three he starred in as the lawyer Perry Mason. For the third film we have a third actress playing Della Street(Genevieve Tobin). She oozes witty charm and fits William's style almost perfectly. Jenkins, Barton Maclane, and Olin Howard reprise their roles for this third installment. Humdrum Lyle Talbot has the leading man role in the mystery as the love interest of the contest winner, played by a gorgeous Patricia Ellis. She has a fine set of attributes - nice legs too! Character actor Porter Hall plays Colonel Bradbury with some nice subtle comedic touches. This is a very entertaining film as really are all of the four films in the series starring William.


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