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There's Always a Woman (1938)

Passed | | Comedy, Mystery | 20 April 1938 (USA)
An investigator for the district attorney and his amateur-sleuth wife compete to solve a murder mystery.

Director:

Alexander Hall

Writers:

Gladys Lehman (screen play), Wilson Collison (story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Joan Blondell ... Sally Reardon
Melvyn Douglas ... William 'Bill' Reardon
Mary Astor ... Lola Fraser
Frances Drake ... Anne Calhoun
Jerome Cowan ... Nick Shane
Robert Paige ... Jerry Marlowe
Thurston Hall ... District Attorney
Pierre Watkin ... Mr. Ketterling
Walter Kingsford ... Grigson
Lester Matthews ... Walter Fraser
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Storyline

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 frankfob2@yahoo.com

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There's Never a Dull Moment! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Mystery

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

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Trivia

First of three films from 1938-9 that Columbia paired Melvyn Douglas and Joan Blondell. The others being Good Girls Go to Paris (1939) and The Amazing Mr. Williams (1939). They would not work together again until MGM's Advance to the Rear (1964). See more »

Goofs

Near the end, the dispatcher reads the wanted person alert for Mrs. Reardon. He states her complexion as blonde, which is a hair color, not a complexion. See more »

Quotes

Sally Reardon: Do you have any ix-nay?
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Connections

Followed by There's That Woman Again (1938) See more »

Soundtracks

The Stars and Stripes Forever
(1896) (uncredited)
Written by John Philip Sousa
Played on a radio
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whodunnit ... thin man style...fun bickering
4 May 2007 | by ksf-2See all my reviews

There's Always a Woman stars Joan Blondell and Melvyn Douglas as husband and wife, trying to solve a case, much like Myrna Loy and William Powell in the Thin Man series, with "Always a Woman" coming several years after Thin Man. William Reardon (Douglas) is deciding if he wants to stay in the private eye business, when wife Sally (Blondell) comes along and interferes in all his business. This one is a little more edgey and biting than the Thin Man; here, they have it out, and it's not alway quite the same gentle, kidding tone that Thin Man has. I wondered if this film had been written by the same team as Thin Man, but it appears it was completely different writers. Viewers will recognize Mary Astor who started in silent films, and made many films, including several with Bogart (Maltese Falcon, Across the Pacific). Blondell will probably be most well known for Three on a match and Desk Set. Interesting that both of Melvyn Douglas' Oscars were for Best Supporting Roles, much later in his career.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 April 1938 (USA) See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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