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An investigator for the District Attorney's office quits to open his own detective agency. However, business is so bad that he finally decides to give it up and go back to his old job. As his wife is at his office closing up, a wealthy society matron walks in with a case: she wants to know if her husband is having an affair with his ex-girlfriend, who is now married. The wife accepts what looks to be an easy case, figuring than she can then persuade her husband to re-start the agency. However, when the client's husband is found murdered, she decides to investigate the murder herself. Her husband has also been assigned by the D.A. to investigate the murder, and he doesn't know that his wife is also on the case. Complications ensue.Written by
Party mystery, part screwball comedy There's Always A Woman features Melvyn
Douglas and Joan Blondell as a man who opened a private detective agency and
his ever helpful wife.
Douglas had worked for the DA's office as an investigator and felt he was in a
career rut so he opened a private agency. As clients haven't been flocking to
his office he's ready to go back to work for DA Thurston Hall, But Blondell says
she wants to keep the agency open just in case.
No sooner does Douglas get his job back than in walks a client Mary Astor. She
plunks down 3 century notes.which pays a lot of back rent and she wants Frances
Drake who has been carrying on with husband Lester Matthews.
She does some surveillance in a madcap sort of way at a nightclub. The next
day Matthews is shot to death and Robert Paige who had made some threats
at him is arrested.
Douglas gets the investigation at the DA's office and Blondell keeps going on
her investigation. She's from the Lucy Ricardo school of criminology and will
have an awful lot of 'splaining' to do eventually.
Three years later Mary Astor and Jerome Cowan who plays a gambler in There's
Always A Woman would be part of the immortal cast of The Maltese Falcon.
And ironically in this film both would have the same function.
Columbia might have made more of these had its stars not been tied to other
studios. But Blondell was with Warner Brothers and Douglas with MGM. The
two had a good chemistry and Blondell is a hoot.
A good combination of genres is There's Always A Woman.
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