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A Slight Case of Murder (1938)

Approved | | Comedy, Crime | 5 March 1938 (USA)
Former bootlegger Remy Marco has a slight problem with forclosing bankers, a prospective son-in-law, and four hard-to-explain corpses.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Remy Marco
... Mary Marco
... Mike
... Nora Marco
... Dick Whitewood
... Post
... Lefty
... Guiseppe
Eric Stanley ... Ritter
... Mr. Whitewood
... Douglas Fairbanks Rosenbloom
Joe Downing ... Innocence
... Mrs. Cagle
... Kirk
Bert Hanlon ... Sad Sam
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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 <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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A Riotous Satire on Racketeering! See more »

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Bare et lite mord  »

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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 »

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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 »

Quotes

Nora Marco: Why isn't he in B-E-D?
Douglas Fairbanks Rosenbloom: Because I want more to E-A-T, you old C-O-W.
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I'm Like a Fish out of Water
(1937) (uncredited)
Music by Richard A. Whiting
Played offscreen on piano at the party during and after Remy's talk with Nora
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cute little film that tweaks the nose of gangster films
14 July 2005 | by See all my reviews

This is a funny and relatively fast paced gangster comedy--yes I did say "ganster comedy". It's about a gangster boss trying to go legitimate after prohibition was repealed. He tries, unsuccessfully, to market the same horrible beer that sold well during prohibition (the clientèle was less choosy when that's all they had to chose from). The problem is that in addition, bad stuff keeps happening around him that he had nothing to do with, but with his reputation he certainly would get the blame for! Try as he might, bad stuff just keeps happening.

Edward G. Robinson does a very good job with comedy. If you liked this film, try The Whole Town's Talking or Larceny, Inc. to see more of his comic talents.

By the way, I have absolutely no idea why, but the studio remade this film as "Stop, You're Killing Me" in 1952 (with Broderick Crawford in the lead). My advice is just stick with the original--it's better in every way.


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