Former bootlegger Remy Marco has a slight problem with forclosing bankers, a prospective son-in-law, and four hard-to-explain corpses.


Lloyd Bacon


Earl Baldwin (screen play), Joseph Schrank (screen play) | 2 more credits »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Edward G. Robinson ... Remy Marco
Jane Bryan ... Mary Marco
Allen Jenkins ... Mike
Ruth Donnelly ... Nora Marco
Willard Parker ... Dick Whitewood
John Litel ... Post
Edward Brophy ... Lefty
Harold Huber ... Guiseppe
Eric Stanley Eric Stanley ... Ritter
Paul Harvey ... Mr. Whitewood
Bobby Jordan ... Douglas Fairbanks Rosenbloom
Joe Downing Joe Downing ... Innocence
Margaret Hamilton ... Mrs. Cagle
George E. Stone ... Kirk
Bert Hanlon Bert Hanlon ... Sad Sam


Remy Marco, Prohibition beer baron, figures he'll do even better after repeal. Only trouble is, his beer tastes terrible. (He drinks no beer himself and nobody dares tell him). Four years later, when he's about bankrupt, he visits his summer home in Saratoga, complete with: 1) a dead-end-kid orphan; 2) his daughter's fiance...a state trooper!, 3) the bodies of four gangsters who planned to ambush Remy but had a shootout; 4) half a million in loot they hid in the house...just the amount Remy needs to get out of hock. The comic confusion mounts... Written by Rod Crawford <>

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LITTLE CAESAR NOW USES LAUGHS INSTEAD OF BULLETS! (Print Ad- Victoria Daily Times, ((Victoria, BC)) 1 April 1938) See more »


Comedy | Crime


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This film's earliest documented telecasts took place in Indianapolis Monday 13 May 1957 on WFBM (Channel 6) and Columbus Friday 17 May 1957 on WTVN (Channel 6), followed by Lincoln, Nebraska 19 July 1957 on KOLN (Channel 10), and Minneapolis 7 October 1957 on WTCN (Channel 11). See more »


The name of Robinson's character is spelled "Marko" throughout the movie on signs, on his beer, on his Saratoga mailbox, on his office door, and by the character himself, but the name is spelled "Marco" in the closing credits. See more »


Remy Marco: Sure, I'm legit. I'm in favor of law and order. But you don't have to have it right in your own house, do you?
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You Can't Stop Me from Dreaming
(1937) (uncredited)
Written by Cliff Friend and Dave Franklin
Played off-screen on piano at the party during and after Remy's talk with Whitewood
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We're Going Legit...See?
23 September 2006 | by bsmith5552See all my reviews

"A Slight Case of Murder" is a delightful gangster comedy written by the legendary Damon Runyon and directed by Lloyd Bacon. It's also a nice change of pace for star Edward G. Robinson who gets to display his comedic talents as he spoofs his gangster image.

Remy Marco (Robinson - in an obvious spoof of his "Rico" character in "Little Caesar") is a bootlegger who has made his fortune running illegal beer during prohibition. When prohibition ends, Marco proudly announces that he's going to be strictly legit, believing that he will no longer need strong arm tactics, and that he will continue to rake in the money from legal sales. What he doesn't realize is that because he's never actually tasted his own brew, is that it tastes awful.

Now that the public can buy well brewed better tasting beer legally, Marco sees his fortune disappear over the ensuing four years. On the verge of bankruptcy, he finds himself in debt over a half a million dollars and has to deal with two predatory bankers Post (John Litel) and Ritter (Eric Stanley) who are trying to foreclose on him.

Marco's daughter Mary (Jane Bryan) has returned home and plans to marry the bumbling State Trooper son, Dick Whitewood (Willard Parker) of business tycoon Paul Harvey. Marco and his wife Nora (Ruth Donnelly) plan to host an engagement party at their country house in Saratoga. What he doesn't know is that a rival gang has heisted $500K from bookies and are holed up in Marco's house.

With his three stooges, Mike (Allen Jenkins), Lefty (Edward Brophy and Gip (Harold Huber), Marco learns that four of the five gangsters have been murdered and their bodies left in a guest bedroom while the fifth hangs around trying to escape with the money. The satchel containing the money is found by an orphan with the distinguished moniker of Douglas Fairbanks Rosenbloom (Bobby Jordan), who had been brought by Marco from the orphanage for the weekend.

And then the fun starts.

Robinson proved that he could play comedy and ranked this film among his favorites. But Warner Bros. saw him as a gangster and so he had difficulty breaking away from that genre. After he left Warners in the early forties, he turned in a number of great performances notably in "Double Indemnity" (1944) and two FRitz Lang classics, "The Woman in the Window" (1944) and "Scarlett Street" (1945). Oddly enough, he returned to Warners Bros. in 1948 to play gangster Johnny Rocco in "Key Largo" (1948).

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5 March 1938 (USA) See more »

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